Overview about Binga
Malampaya Sound, the protected seascape and landscape of Palawan, is part-found in the northernmost barangay of San Vicente, Binga. Though quite far from the town proper of the municipality, Barangay Binga owns most of the white-sand beaches and aquamarine waters of San Vicente. This laid-back and friendly community is rich in fishing grounds, dive spots, bird sanctuary, and home to Indigenous Peoples. With stunning viewpoints of Mt. Capuas, West Philippine Sea, Rangod, Wedge, Imuruan, and Lampinigan Islands, beautiful beaches, and lush mountains, Binga is a sought-after destination for vacationers seeking rest and relaxation.
Basic geographic location (no need for coordinates)
Found in the northernmost part of San Vicente, Barangay Binga, through Mt. Capuas, borders the next municipality of Taytay; Binga also faces the West Philippine Sea. Six barangays away from the town center of San Vicente, the barangay can be accessed either thru Itabiak Junction, So. Canadgan, or Abungan Road, Taytay.
Barangay Government of Binga
Punong Barangay: Nerie A. Varquez
Barangay Kagawad: Mary Grace G. Tanaya
Jovy O. Enao
Arsenio Z. Martinez, Jr.
Rogelio D. Gonzales, Jr.
Noel V. Maarat
Neslie I. Maravillas
Julius C. Fernandez
SK Chairman: Mark Arnold D. Gabo
• Barangay Government of Binga
• Beans Office
• Barangay Health Office
• Binga Day Care Center
• Barangay Covered Gym
• Senior Citizen’s Office
The local government of San Vicente works hand in hand with the Barangay Government of Binga in the effective implementation of government laws and of different programs, plans, and activities geared towards the promotion and development of the barangay.
• Seasons (period, etc.)
Being a tropical country, the Philippines only has two seasons- wet and dry. The first six months are typically sunny and the rest of the months, rainy. The weather is very unpredictable so tourists should expect tropical storms and typhoons all year round.
• Recommended months for tourists
Peak season in San Vicente starts from November to April while May to October is lean. Since almost eighty percent of the tourists are foreigners and come from Europe, they visit San Vicente during their winter season. Hence, the peak months. Moreover, the best months to visit San Vicente is from January to April since its typically hot and sunny. Tourists would surely enjoy frolicking in the beach and basking in the hot summer sun.
Finance in Binga
• ATMs – none
There are only 2 existing ATMs in the municipality. One is located at the MEED Office beside the Poblacion local market and another in Port Barton White House accommodation. ATM at the MEED Office usually accepts local cards. However, international cards are accepted at the Port Barton ATM.
Because of the distance from the town proper of San Vicente, visitors and locales may opt to withdraw money in the municipality of Taytay.
• Pawnshops – none
The municipality has only three pawnshops, two in Poblacion and one in Port Barton. For a fee, Palawan Pawnshops in Poblacion and Port Barton and M. Lhuillier in Poblacion accept Point of Sale (POS) debit card transactions. However, not all cards can be processed. Both pawnshops also have money changing services. Petron Gas Station in Barangay New Agutaya also caters debit card transactions. Still, visitors and locales may go to the next municipality of Taytay to do their business since it may be nearer and more accessible from Binga.
• Establishments that accept debit/credit cards – none
• Recommendation to tourists to make sure they will not run out of CASH during their stay
Tourists are highly advised to bring enough cash with them for the duration of their stay in Binga. There are NO ATMs and banks available in the area. Moreover, electricity lines haven’t reached the barangay. Having ready-cash with you saves time from travelling and making emergency cash withdrawals in the nearby municipalities of Roxas, El Nido, or Taytay.
Commercial centers in Binga area – NO major commercial centers
The barangay has only small stores in the area. Locales travel to Poblacion, Roxas, Taytay, or Puerto Princesa for their groceries and other necessities.
Where to buy essentials (toiletries, etc.)
Tourists are highly advised to bring their own essentials, toiletries, and other necessities when they visit Binga. Since there are no major establishments in the village, tourists would be hard pressed in finding their needed supplies especially basic medicines, maintenances, and preferred brand of goods. They may need to travel back to Taytay, Poblacion, or Roxas.
Economic Activities in Binga area
Livelihood in Binga is focused in fishing and farming. Since Binga is now becoming popular to visitors and investors, locales and property owners alike are now starting to lean their businesses towards tourism. Some investors have started constructing cottages and other type of accommodations and have tourist boats built.
Transportation (put emphasis on Binga, not San Vicente in general)
• How to get into Binga by land
o From Puerto Princesa
From the airport, visitors need to ride a tricycle or taxi to take them to the San Jose New Market Terminal. Tourists bound for Binga should be specific with their destination since the trip is only once in a day leaving at 1PM or 2PM. Vans would not pass by Poblacion proper but via Abungan Road, Taytay. Travel time would be at least 5 hours and would cost P350 each.
o From El Nido
There is NO direct van route going to Binga. Visitors will do cutting trips. So, tourists from El Nido who wish to visit Binga should go to El Nido Terminal and ride a van going to Taytay. They should be dropped off at the Taytay Terminal and ride a stake truck bound for Binga. The ride is also ONCE a day leaving at 12NN. Fare for the ride is P150 per person.
o From San Vicente Airport
From the San Vicente Airport, guests can hire vans to take them to Binga. Vans are expensive but may be cheaper when guests share with our people. For backpackers, they can rent motorbikes charging P600 per day and additional P300 if a driver is needed. Gasoline would be shouldered by the renter. For those who just wanted to be dropped using motorbike, they are charged P700 per person.
• How to get into Binga by air, via San Vicente Airport
o From Manila
o Take the Sky Jet flight bound for San Vicente.
o Vans and motorbike hire and rentals are available for a fee.
o From Clark
o Take the Philippine Airlines flight bound for San Vicente.
o Vans and motorbike hire and rentals are available for a fee.
• How to go around Binga (commuting around Binga)
o By land
One way to tour around Binga is by motorbike. Motorbike rentals are common here. One can easily navigate using this transport since the roads are both paved and unpaved. Precautionary measures should be done by wearing helmets. Motorbike rentals would range from P400 to P600 for the entire day with gas shouldered by the renter. If drivers are requested, they charge P300 in addition.
If tourists are already in Binga and decide to hire motorbikes, they would be charged P500 for the whole day.
Tricycles are not commonly used in Binga. The locales use top downs for personal use. Nevertheless, tourists may negotiate with the owners if they decide to rent the transport to tour around Binga. Tourists should note that not all areas are passable with trycicles.
If tourists’ priority is their comfort, then they should rent vans or cars specifically four-wheel drives in going to Binga. It would be a bit pricey. Van rentals charge per destination and car rentals charge per day-also depending on the car type. Guests should take note that car rentals are only available in Puerto Princesa City.
o By water
Since Binga also faces the West Philippine Sea, it is not advisable for guests to ride via boat.
Education in Binga area
• Tertiary Education – none
• Secondary Education – none
• Primary Education – Binga Elementary School
Safety and Security in Binga area
Both PNP Headquarters and Bureau of Fire Protection Office are found at the town center, Poblacion. Tourists should not worry about their safety and security in Binga area because the barangay government has hotlines to all security agencies in San Vicente, Taytay, and Roxas. The barangay government of Binga also has their local Tanods who man the area.
Binga has its own Barangay Health Station with trained barangay health workers to cater basic medical consultations and emergencies. If needed be, San Vicente has its own Rural Health Unit located in Barangay Poblacion. Two doctors, nurses, midwives, and support staff are available. Unless the situation is severe and needs urgent medical attention, RHU can cater basic sickness and consultations. For those who wish to seek medical help in hospitals, they can go to Taytay Hospital and Roxas Hospital.
• Existing religion
Iglesia Ni Kristo
Seventh Day Adventist
• Churches in Binga
• Kapilya ng San Esteban
• Seventh Day Adventist
• Binga Baptist Church
Utilities in Binga area
As of now, electricity lines have not yet reached the barangay of Binga. Nonetheless, most locales use generator sets and portable solar panels.
Water in San Vicente is clean and potable. Binga gets its water connection from the Epidal Falls. However, management is still under the MEED Office. Water potability tests are regularly scheduled to provide clean and safe water to the community and visitors. Nevertheless, guests are still advised to buy and drink mineral waters.
Cellular phones are the mode of communication here in San Vicente. Smart Communications and Globe Telecom are the only telecommunications available here.
Landlines are not available in the municipality.
Connectivity in Binga area
Connection in some areas in Binga is non-existent. It is best to go to their beach area for good signal.
Must See in Binga area
• Tourist destinations
• Rangod Island
• Wedge Island
• Binga Beach
• Binga Viewpoint
• Cauban Beach
• Lumambong Beach
• New Tio Beach
April 23-25 – Founding Anniversary (Baybayin Festival)
Must Do in Binga area
• Recommended Activities
• Sun Bathing
• Trekking to Binga Viewpoint
• Island hopping to nearby islands
• Fishing with locales
• Visiting the IP Village
Must Try in Binga area
• Recommended foods/delicacies
• Seafood cooked traditionally
• Cashew Nuts
• Wood Worm (tamilok)
• Native Chicken
• “Nativo” Rhum
• Dried Fish
Where to Stay in Binga (recommended places with good facilities at least 5, if applicable)
** One accommodation operating without permit
• Eco card
Just like other tourist destinations, visitors are required to pay and environmental fee once they visit and stay in San Vicente. An eco-card will be provided and will serve as proof when tourists visit places and use their amenities. Some accommodations would provide you with the eco-card but usually guests get charged once they arrange for an island or inland tour. The travel and tours agency will be the one to charged them before the start of the tour. Tourists should always bring their eco-card at all times. Funds from the collection will be used in environmental projects in the community.
• Php50.00 – 1 to 10 days stay in San Vicente
• Php100.00 – 11 days to six months stay in San Vicente
• Php200.00 – above 6 months to 1 year stay in San Vicente
• Avoid using single-use plastic.
• Always practice “Clean As You Go” Policy.
• Never leave your trash anywhere. Dispose them properly.
• Learn to segregate your trash.
• Niknik (sand flies)
Because beaches in San Vicente are relatively untouched, presence of sand flies is to be expected. Guests are still advised to always bring Insect Repellent Spray/Cream, Citronella Oil, or Virgin Coconut Oil. Apply liberally before going to the beach. Sand flies are rampant especially at 4PM.
• Travel essentials
• Mini First Aid Kit
• Dry bag
• Personal medications (Headache pills, anti-allergy pills)
• Flash Light
• Insect Repellent Spray
• Sun screens
• Water bottle
• Good pair of sun glasses
• Water shoes
• Rash Guard