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Magalawa Island
Magalawa Island
Flag of Palauig
Official seal of Palauig
Map of Zambales showing the location of Palauig
Map of Zambales showing the location of Palauig
Palauig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°26′N 120°03′E / 15.433°N 120.050°E / 15.433; 120.050Coordinates: 15°26′N 120°03′E / 15.433°N 120.050°E / 15.433; 120.050
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Zambales
District 2nd district of Zambales
Founded 1870
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Generoso F. Amog
 • Total 310.00 km2 (119.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 33,286
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2210
Dialing code 47
Income class 3rd class

Palauig is a third class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 33,286 people.[3]

The municipality of Palauig is the nearest mainland to the Philippine-claimed EEZ Panatag Shoal, or Scarborough Shoal, and by virtue of proximity, the latter is a designated part of the municipality.

At present, Palauig is headed by Mayor Generoso F. Amog, with the Municipal Council called Sangguniang Bayan with 8 members, particularly 7 regular Councilors and the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Elenita Reyes del Fierro.


Palauig is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.[2]

  • Alwa
  • Bato
  • Bulawen
  • Cauyan
  • East Poblacion
  • Garreta
  • Libaba
  • Liozon
  • Lipay
  • Locloc
  • Macarang
  • Magalawa
  • Pangolingan
  • Salaza
  • San Juan
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Tomas
  • San Vicente
  • West Poblacion


Population census of Palauig
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,577 —    
1995 26,794 +4.14%
2000 29,983 +2.44%
2007 30,747 +0.35%
2010 33,286 +2.93%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Most of the local populations in the town proper, known locally as 'Poblacion' speaks sambal followed by Tagalog and Ilocano. But most of the present generation are speaking and more fluent in using the Filipino (Tagalog) the country's national language. The barangays of Alwa, Bato, Salaza, San Vicente and Pangolingan were known to be a majority Ilocano speakers except the rest of the barangays were majority of sambal speakers with minority of Tagalog to most of the barangays.


Palauig is home to the mountain climbing resort of Mount Tapulao. Because of cold climate on its summit similar to Baguio City, it has become an attraction to many local and foreign mountaineering groups and tourists. The Municipal Tourism Authority of the Palauig Municipal Government also promotes the Magalawa Island Resort and Famous Beach Resorts along the coastal Barangay of Locloc.

Due to the municipal government's aggressive tourism campaign, local and foreign tourist arrivals in the municipality is on the rise and bringing Palauig as another Tourist destination in Zambales Province.

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  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Zambales". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  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. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Zambales". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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