Balabac, Province of Palawan

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupLuzon
RegionMIMAROPA
ProvincePalawan
Barangay count20
Postal code5307
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, South China Sea
Philippine major island(s)Balabac, Bugsuk
Area (2007)581.60 km2 (224.56 sq mi)
Population (2015)40,142
Density (2015)69 / km2 (179 / sq mi)
Coordinates7° 59' North, 117° 4' East (7.9866, 117.0635)
Estimated elevation above sea level5.7 meters (18.6 feet)

Balabac is a coastal municipality in the island province of Palawan.

The municipality has a land area of 581.60 square kilometers or 224.56 square miles which constitutes 3.97% of Palawan's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 40,142. This represented 4.73% of the total population of Palawan province, or 1.35% of the overall population of the MIMAROPA region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 69 inhabitants per square kilometer or 179 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Balabac has 20 barangays as shown in the following table.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Agutayan1.98%79471111.67%2.12%
Bancalaan29.15%11,70110,42712.22%2.22%
Bugsuk2.52%1,01081623.77%4.14%
Catagupan5.91%2,3731,95421.44%3.77%
Indalawan3.37%1,3511,2706.38%1.18%
Malaking Ilog2.24%9008822.04%0.39%
Mangsee22.46%9,0168,4336.91%1.28%
Melville3.45%1,3861,12922.76%3.98%
Pandanan2.86%1,14897218.11%3.22%
Pasig1.01%40734019.71%3.48%
Poblacion I0.59%2362331.29%0.24%
Poblacion II1.22%48829465.99%10.13%
Poblacion III1.15%4604209.52%1.75%
Poblacion IV1.18%47542711.24%2.05%
Poblacion V1.41%5655306.60%1.23%
Poblacion VI3.55%1,4241,21117.59%3.13%
Rabor1.08%43531239.42%6.53%
Ramos5.81%2,3311,96318.75%3.33%
Salang6.30%2,5292,533-0.16%-0.03%
Sebaring2.77%1,11390123.53%4.11%
Balabac Total40,14235,75812.26%2.23%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Balabac for the fiscal year of 2016 was 143,510,962.09.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200977,794,933.40
201088,963,080.9414.36%
201189,415,572.620.51%
201286,924,529.44-2.79%
2013114,491,203.4431.71%
2014115,081,000.760.52%
2015130,848,380.8313.70%
2016143,510,962.099.68%

End notes:

  • Annual Regular Income = Locally Sourced Revenue + Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Current Year + Other Shares from National Tax Collection
  • Locally Sourced Revenue = Real Property Tax (General Fund) + Tax on Business + Other Taxes + Regulatory Fees + Service/User Charges + Receipts from Economic Enterprises

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Balabac is 5 to 9, with 5,790 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 157 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 11,095
1 to 44,806
5 to 95,790
10 to 145,222
15 to 194,371
20 to 243,665
25 to 293,124
30 to 342,660
35 to 392,234
40 to 441,881
45 to 491,580
50 to 541,162
55 to 59866
60 to 64645
65 to 69425
70 to 74285
75 to 79174
80 and over157
Total40,142

Historical population

The population of Balabac grew from 4,591 in 1960 to 40,142 in 2015, an increase of 35,551 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.23%, or an increase of 4,384 people, from the previous population of 35,758 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
4,591
7,9125.47%
11,1527.13%
15,0446.17%
20,0562.92%
21,6771.47%
25,2573.33%
29,6222.22%
35,7587.09%
40,1422.23%

Location

The municipal center of Balabac is situated at approximately 7° 59' North, 117° 4' East, in the island of Balabac. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 5.7 meters or 18.6 feet above mean sea level.


Distances

Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Balabac are Puerto Princesa, Isabela City, Zamboanga City, Lamitan, Sipalay, and Bayawan. The nearest municipalities are Bataraza, Brooke's Point, Rizal, Sofronio Española, Quezon, and Mapun. Its distance from the national capital is 846.33 kilometers (525.88 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 846.33 kilometers (525.88 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N30°E)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 40,142, ranked 628 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 224.56 square kilometers, ranked 96 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 69 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 1,401 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.23%, ranked 94 out of 1,634

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  3. Postal code information is from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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