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Official seal of Bataraza
Map of Palawan with Bataraza highlighted
Map of Palawan with Bataraza highlighted
Bataraza is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°40′N 117°37′E / 8.667°N 117.617°E / 8.667; 117.617Coordinates: 08°40′N 117°37′E / 8.667°N 117.617°E / 8.667; 117.617
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Palawan
Congr. district 2nd district
Founded January 1, 1964
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Abraham M. Ibba
 • Total 726.20 km2 (280.39 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 63,644
 • Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5306
Dialing code 48

Bataraza is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The municipality was named after Datu Bataraza Narrazid, a locally influential Muslim chieftain and father of the town's first mayor and former mayor of Brooke's Point, the late Datu Sapiodin Narrazid. Bataraza was part of the municipality of Brooke's Point until 1964 by the virtue of Philippine RA 3425.[4]

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 63,644 people.[3] Main industries of Bataraza includes farming, fishing, and nickel mining and processing.


Bataraza is located on the southernmost tip of Palawan Island, approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi) from Puerto Princesa City and about five to six hours by land. It has total land area of 957 km².

Bataraza is situated some 775 km (480 mi) south-west of Manila, between roughly 8.3 and 8.75 degrees latitude north of the equator. It stretches approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) in north-easterly to south-westerly direction along the Sulu Sea, from the Malis River to Cape Buliluyan in the south. On the western side, it extends up to Wangly River.

It is bounded in the east by the Sulu Sea, in the west by a great mountain range, extending from Mount Mantalingahan (the highest peak in the province) to Mount Malitub, which serves as the divider between Bataraza and Rizal, and in the south-west by the South China Sea. Two large crocodiles were recovered here and were taken to Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa City.


Bataraza is politically subdivided into 22 barangays:[2]

  • Bono-Bono
  • Bulalacao
  • Buliluyan
  • Culandanum
  • Igang-Igang
  • Inogbong
  • Iwahig
  • Malihud
  • Malitub
  • Marangas (Poblacion)
  • Ocayan
  • Puring
  • Rio Tuba
  • Sandoval
  • Sapa
  • Sarong
  • Sumbiling
  • Tabud
  • Tagnato
  • Tagolango
  • Taratak
  • Tarusan (Bulosan)

Rio Tuba is one of the populated barangays of Bataraza and known for its nickel mineral reserves. The primary mine site of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation is located within its jurisdiction.


Population census of Bataraza
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 29,142 —    
1995 33,303 +2.53%
2000 41,458 +4.81%
2007 53,430 +3.56%
2010 63,644 +6.57%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: PALAWAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bataraza" (PDF). Provincial Government of Palawan. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Province of Palawan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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