San Vicente

Topics: Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, Tourism Pages: 6 (1820 words) Published: March 13, 2013
Sampaloc, Manila

Prepared by:
Ma. Janine Erika B. Eusebio

Submitted to:
Professor Dulce Mercado

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 located in the northwestern 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 and has a jurisdiction over ten (10) barangays: Alimanguan, Binga, Caruray, Kemdeng, New Agutaya, New Canipo, Poblacion, Port Barton, San Isidro, and Sto. Nino. 

   Based on the 2010 NSO Census, San Vicente has a total population of 30,565 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. 

   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, Palawan is also known for Port Barton, a popular destination for backpackers. “Chamby,” a friendly local manning the municipal tourism office told me there weren’t any direct road access to Port Barton from San Vicente Town Proper.

People always like to tag undeveloped beaches as the “Next Boracay,” and many have certainly done so with Long Beach. I’m not a big fan of that particular tag, I think Boracay has a character of its own that sets it apart from any other “Next Boracays.”

   The Municipality of San Vicente continues to promote and support tourism industry to which this municipality aspires to stand out. San Vicente is noted for its awesome gifts of nature like its white sandy beaches particularly the 14-kilometer long beach from Poblacion to Alimanguan, waterfalls, dense forest cover and rich fishing ground. The Municipality of San Vicente is now on its way, working towards full development of tourism industry and all its other sectoral developmental pursuits. After 41 years, San Vicente continues to move forward towards economic and social progress. 

Classified as a first class municipality, San Vicente is nestled in the northwest 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 just like any other municipalities in the Philippines in its profile, but it is a standout with the resource it posses - its Beach. San Vicente has one of the longest beach in the Country., the beach shoreline in Barangay New Agutaya stretches up to 14 -kilometer. It is frequented by tourist of different nationalities, thus boosting also the local economy of San Vicente through tourism. Port Barton it its town proper is declared as a tourist zone.

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. Northeastern winds, the amihan prevail from November to May. Rough costal waters characterize the season of habagat, or the southwestern winds. 

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...
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