San Vicente, Palawan

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San Vicente
Port Barton
Port Barton
Official seal of San Vicente
Motto: Ang Tao Una sa Lahat, Ang Bayan Higit sa Lahat, Kaunlaran para sa Lahat
Map of Palawan with San Vicente highlighted
Map of Palawan with San Vicente highlighted
San Vicente is located in Philippines
San Vicente
San Vicente
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°32′N 119°17′E / 10.533°N 119.283°E / 10.533; 119.283Coordinates: 10°32′N 119°17′E / 10.533°N 119.283°E / 10.533; 119.283
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Palawan
Congr. district 1st district
Formed January 2, 1972
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Maria Carmela E. Alvarez
 • Total 1,462.94 km2 (564.84 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 30,919
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5309
Dialing code 48

San Vicente is a municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,919 people.[3] San Vicente is located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometres (116 mi) from Puerto Princesa City. It occupies a total land area of 146,294 hectares (361,500 acres).[2]

San Vicente's 14.2 kilometres (8.8 mi) of beachfront is being converted into an emerging tourist destination that will be the beneficiary of government spending on infrastructure.[4]


In 1952, migrants from Manamoc, an island of the Cuyo Archipelago, arrived in a place called Malagnang ( muddy/ maputik) a sitio of Kemdeng, formerly part of Puerto Princesa City. The first to arrive were the Dandal brothers (Anastacio, Ricardo, and Lauro), Alberto Radam, and Marcelino Gadiano with their families. After sometime their relatives followed forming a small community which gave rise to the election of Anastascio Dandal as the first Barrio Lieutenant.

The small ethnic group of Agutayno and Cuyuno increased in number and with the increase disputes emerged particularly in the choice of the Town’s Patron Saint. The Cuyuno wanted Saint Vincent Ferrer while the choice of Agutayno was Saint Isidro Labrador. The group decided to resolve the issue by drawing a lot. The name of Saint Vincent Ferrer was drawn thus the name Malagnang was changed to San Vicente.

The municipality of San Vicente was created on June 21, 1969, by virtue of Republic Act 5821. It officially functioned as distinct municipality on January 2, 1972.


San Vicente is nestled in the north-west of Palawan’s mainland, bounded by the South China Sea in the West, the municipality of Taytay in the north, Roxas in the East and City of Puerto Princesa in the Southwest.With a forest area of 82,080.09 hectares and 22 identified islands and islets within its municipal boundaries.San Vicente is located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometers from Puerto Princesa City. It occupies a total land area of 165,797.6525 hectares.


San Vicente is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Alimanguan
  • Binga
  • Caruray
  • New Villa Fria (Kemdeng)
  • New Agutaya
  • New Canipo
  • Port Barton
  • Poblacion (San Vicente)
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Niño


As with the general climate of the Philippine Archipelago, San Vicente's dry season begins in December, lasting until the month of May while the onset of the wet or rainy season is in June, usually drying up again in November. Northestern[clarification needed] winds, the amihan prevail from November to May. Rough coastal waters characterize the season of habagat, or the south-western winds.


Population census of San Vicente
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,795 —    
1995 19,449 +1.68%
2000 21,654 +2.33%
2007 25,218 +2.12%
2010 30,919 +7.70%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

Based on the 2010 NSO Census, San Vicente has a total population of 30,919 at a growth rate of 6%. Population increased by 3,500 from 27,065 in 2008 based on CBMS survey within a 2-year gap. The total number of households is 6,460 with average household size of 5 members.


The diversity of San Vicente derives from its 24 ethno-linguistic resident groups, each with their own distinct dialects, and culture heritage. Filipino (Tagalog), however, remains the dominant lingua franca these diverse people that comprise San Vicente populace. In homage to its patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer, the municipality celebrates its town fiesta from April 1–5, Foundation Day on June 21 and Malagnang Festival on June 17–21 of every year.


Fishing and farming are the major economic activities in San Vicente wherein 29.50% and 25.77% respectively are engaged in it. Rice and coconut are the major agricultural crops and fish products are adequate in the municipality.

San Vicente is predominantly fishing and a farming municipality and now gaining recognition as a center of interest for Tourism. San Vicente can offer a diverse range of attractions for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Roads and other infrastructure support facilities are now on its implementation process through the help of the National Government.

Sunset in Port Barton



There are five barangays which are partly served by electricity. The present source of electricity are a 1 unit 500 KW, 1 unit 250 KW and 1 unit 160 KW generating sets operated by National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) which is sold to consumers through Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO). Serving 24 hours since December 2014.

Water supply[edit]

The town has a water system which comes from the surface water of Little Baguio Falls.


San Vicente is accessible by bus and shuttle vans, from several points; directly from Puerto Princesa City, or via Roxas. Within San Vicente, tricycles, motorcycles, and outrigger boats are the usual mode of transportation.


There are two telecommunication companies, SMART and GLOBE which have installed cell site facilities in Sitio Pinagmangalucan in Barangay Poblacion, Barangay Alimanguan, Barangay Binga, Barangay Port Barton and Barangay Caruray. These modern facilities have made communication much easier, faster and convenient. Likewise cable and internet connection is already available in Barangays Poblacion, Alimanguan and Port Barton.


Endowed with white sand beaches, coral reefs, islands and islets, waterfalls, vast forest cover, mangroves, and varied endemic flora, San Vicente serves as habitat for 23 of the 25 wildlife species found in the island of Palawan.



  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: PALAWAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 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. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Calderon, Justin (21 March 2013). "Best-kept secret". Inside Investor. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Province of Palawan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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