Mindanao is blessed with good agro-climatic endowment. It is rich in mineral resources particularly gold, copper, and nickel, as well as limestone. The Land area is about 10.2 million hectares (ha). It comprises a large mainland as well as the island provinces of basilan, Camiguin, Sulu and Tawi-tawi, and the island city of Samal. Mindanao has a population of almost 20 million in 2004, of which some 68% reside in the rural areas. Of the total population, some 20% are Muslims, 5% Lumads, and 75% descendants of Christian Immigrants from Luzon and Visayas.
|Source Institution||World Bank|
|Place of Publication||Pasig City|
|Original Publication Date||December 1, 2005|