Map of Palawan with Balabac highlighted
|Region||MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)|
|Congr. district||2nd district|
|• Mayor||Shuaib J. Astami|
|• Total||581.60 km2 (224.56 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||569 m (1,867 ft)|
|• Density||61/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
Balabac is a second class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines, off the southern end of Palawan Island. The town is one of municipalities in the Philippines which are mainly composed of a group of islands. The municipality consists of some 32 islands, the largest of which are Balabac ( ), Bugsuk ( ), Bancalan ( ), Mantangule ( ), Pandanan ( ), and Ramos ( ). The islands are notable for its uncommon indigenous plant and animal species, such as the nocturnal Philippine mouse-deer (or Pilandok).
According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 35,758 people.
Balabac was converted from a municipal district to a full-pledged municipality in 1957. Before that, it was a barrio of neighboring Bataraza.
- Bugsuk (New Cagayancillo)
- Malaking Ilog
- Poblacion I
- Poblacion II
- Poblacion III
- Poblacion IV
- Poblacion V
- Poblacion VI
The municipality of Balabac is composed of 30 group of major and minor islands notable of which are the following:
- south mangsee
- north mangsee
|Population census of Balabac|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Cape Melville Lighthouse
Transportation link to the town of Balabac can be done through the town of Bataraza from the main capital Puerto Princesa. From Rio Tuba, in Bataraza, a three-hour boat ride takes a traveler to the main island of Balabac where the town proper is located. Travel to other barangays in the municipality is done through boat rides.
An old airstrip located in the island of Bugsuk does not operate commercial flights. Another private airstrip is located in the island of Ramos.
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- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System
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