|Occidental Mindoro - Marine Wonderland Of Luzon|
|Infrastructure Facilities and Services|
Roads and Bridges
The provincial road development program centers on concentrating the national road from San Jose to Abra de Ilog. To date Phase I (San Jose to Rizal road), Phase IV (Sablayan to Sta. Cruz road), and Phaze VI (Mamburao to Abra de Ilog road) of Mindoro West Coast Arterial Road Project are completed. When all phases are finished, mobility of goods and population within the province and between the mainland and the Batangas International Port would be greatly facilitated.
Distributed around the province are 183 bridges spanning a total of 6, 305 linear meters, built mostly of concrete and steel. The Busuanga Bridge which connects the municipalities of San Jose and Rizal has been completed and is now operational.
The National Power Corporation (NPC) and Island Power Corporation (IPC) through the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (OMECO) supply electric power. The Lubang Electric Cooperative (LUBELCO) serves the island municipalities of Lubang and Looc. OMECO is served by three power plants, two situated in San Jose and one in Mamburao while LUBELCO is served by one in Lubang Island. Power rates are P5.89 per kilowatt-hour for residential and P6. 2378 kwh for commercial areas, respectively. Ilin Island has a power generator that can support at least 50 households.
Local Media and Courier Services
There are three FM and two AM Radio Stations operating in the province. Likewise, seven private-owned cable television systems operate in the province including individual satellite dishes. National newspapers arrive via plane flights form Manila. Mail handling services are provided by LBC, JRS, Aboitiz and other messenger companies beside the 12 post offices located in the 11 municipalities.
Land transportaion within the province is facilitated by 5,000 public utility vehicles (buses, cargo trucks, jeepneys and tricycles). A number of jeepneys offer door-to-door direct transport cargo services from different municipalities to Manila and neighboring provinces.
Air link is provided by four airports in San Jose, which accommodate BAE 146, the Mamburao and Lubang airports suited for military aircrafts, commercial palnes and Dornier 328s and private airstrip in Sablayan. The Asian Spirit, Philippine Airline, Cebu Pacific and Zesr Air offer daily flights from Manila to San Jose.
Direct dial telephone systems have been installed in key municipalities. The use of two-way radios and mobile cellular phones is popular among business and individuals operating in the province. Smart, Globe and Sun Communications offer wireless communications while RCPI, PT&T and Digitel offer telephone and fax services. Inter municipality telephone and radio system have been installed by the provincial government in nine towns of Occidental Mindoro. Digitel and PLDT offer broadband and Smart Communications offers WIFI internet connection.
Text from : Occidental Mindoro - The Winning Edge