Rizal, Palawan

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Municipality of Jose P. Rizal
Mount Mantalingajan as seen from Ransang, Rizal
Mount Mantalingajan as seen from Ransang, Rizal
Map of Palawan with Rizal highlighted
Map of Palawan with Rizal highlighted
Rizal is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°41′N 117°20′E / 8.68°N 117.34°E / 8.68; 117.34Coordinates: 8°41′N 117°20′E / 8.68°N 117.34°E / 8.68; 117.34
Country Philippines
RegionMimaropa (Region IV-B)
District2nd district
FoundedApril 14, 1983
Barangays11 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorNorman Ong
 • Electorate22,661 voters (2016)
 • Total1,256.47 km2 (485.13 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total50,096
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)48
Climate typeTropical climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)239.7 million  (2016)
Native languagesPalawano language

Rizal, officially the Municipality of Jose P. Rizal[4][5], is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 50,096 people.[3]

Prior to its formation as a separate municipality, the place was known as Tarumpitao Point and was part of the Municipality of Quezon. By virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 386, it was formed as a municipality on April 14, 1983, called Marcos.[6] It was renamed after José Rizal in 1987 through Republic Act No. 6652.[7][5]

The municipality is home to the Singnapan charcoal petrographs.


Rizal is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.

  • Bunog
  • Campong Ulay
  • Candawaga
  • Canipaan
  • Culasian
  • Iraan
  • Latud
  • Panalingaan
  • Punta Baja
  • Ransang
  • Taburi


Population census of Rizal
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 16,819—    
1995 21,876+5.05%
2000 31,745+8.31%
2007 35,487+1.55%
2010 42,759+7.02%
2015 50,096+3.06%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

In the 2015 census, the population of Rizal, Palawan, was 50,096 people,[3] with a density of 40 inhabitants per square kilometre or 100 inhabitants per square mile.

Among the ethnic groups in Rizal are the Tao't Bato people. These people settle in caves during the rainy season and resides at Singnapan Valley area in Barangay Ransang.[4]

Singnapan Cave Petrographs[edit]

The charcoal-drawn petrographs of the Singnapan valley are one of the most important ancient paintings in the country. The date of the paintings have yet to be scientifically established. Due to its high significance, it was submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines to the UNESCO Tentative List of Heritage Sites in 2006, pending its inclusion in the World Heritage List along with the Alab petroglyphs of Mountain Province, Angono Petroglyphs of Rizal province, charcoal-drawn Penablanca petrographs of Cagayan, and the Anda red hermatite print petrographs of Bohol.[11]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Palawan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "History of Rizal Municipality". Official Website of Rizal Palawan. Rizal, Palawan Municipal Government. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Republic Act No. 6652 - An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Marcos, Province of Palawan, to Municipality of Dr. Jose P. Rizal". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Batas Pambansa Bilang 386 - An Act Creating the Municipality of Marcos in the Province of Palawan". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 14 April 1983. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Municipal Profile". Municipality of Jose P. Rizal. Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Palawan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines". whc.unesco.org. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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