Executive Order No. 36. signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on September 19, 2001, re-organized the administrative regions in Mindanao. This enabled the transfer of Lanao del Norte and Iligan City to Northern Mindanao or Region 10. Since then, the region through the regional center, Cagayan de Oro surged ahead in becoming the island’s leading economy.

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