Overview about New Agutaya
With Long Beach and Inandeng River as popular destinations in this barangay, New Agutaya is a favorite go-to place during inland tours. The wide stretch of the shore, the vast horizon, and the cooling waters of the beach invite tourists to just laze around and enjoy the view.
Being within the Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ), the future tourism development of the community will be much anticipated as described in the Integrated Tourism Master Plan especially that its regulations are anchored by the Deed of Restrictions being set forth by TIEZA.
Basic geographic location (no need for coordinates)
New Agutaya is the barangay nearest to the town center of Poblacion having a distance of about 3.2km far. From the San Vicente Airport, the community is approximately 3.4km away via the Iglesia ni Cristo in So. Landing, New Agutaya.
Barangay Government of New Agutaya
Punong Barangay: Norlita C. Zabalo
Barangay Kagawad: Lucilita D. Camena
Mark Anthony E. Adier
Leo P. Laurente
Elsa B. Moral
Jocelyn F. Abela
Ruthelia T. Libarra
Norie A. Adier
SK Chairman: Welmark V. Salcedo
• Barangay Government of New Agutaya
• Barangay Covered Gym
• Office of the Municipal Tourism
• San Vicente TEZ Office
• Armed Forces of the Philippines Barracks
• New Agutaya Day Care
• New Agutaya Health Center
• San Vicente Airport
The local government of San Vicente works hand in hand with the Barangay Government of New Agutaya in the effective implementation of government laws and of different programs, plans, and activities geared towards the promotion and development of the barangay. Having New Agutaya as part of Cluster 1 (TEZ) in the Tourism Master Plan, all tourism-related enterprises shall be under the implementing arm of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.
• 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. Predominantly, northeast monsoon starts in November and ends in March. Middle months of April to June are relatively calm weather and July to October are the southwest monsoon season. Further, 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 New Agutaya
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.
The municipality has only three pawnshops, two in Poblacion and one in Port Barton. For a fee, Palawan Pawnshops in Poblacion, 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.
• Establishments that accept debit/credit cards
Though there are a number of accommodations and other business establishments in New Agutaya, most ONLY accept CASH transactions.
• 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 New Agutaya. Having ready-cash with you saves time from travelling and making emergency cash withdrawals in the nearby municipalities of Roxas, El Nido, or Taytay because even with the presence of 1 ATM in the area and POS transactions, it is not a guarantee that tourists would be able to readily withdraw money. They should take into account that these establishments cater the whole municipality.
Commercial centers in New Agutaya area
• RCSV Petron Station
• Princess Mea RB General
• JNA Hardware and Construction Supply
• A. Zaragosa Merchandise
• Isla Palawan Travel and Tours
• Mugnet Café
• Arnekin Shop
Where to buy essentials (toiletries, etc.)
New Agutaya has a number of commercial establishments where tourists can buy their essentials but they should take note that not all businesses sell all brands of toiletries and some brands aren’t sold here in the Philippines. If tourists are not that specific with brands, then they would not have difficulty in purchasing their supplies. However, for specific ones, they are highly recommended to bring their own to avoid problems and further inconveniences.
Economic Activities in New Agutaya area
The people in New Agutaya’s main livelihood are fishing and farming. Locales can still be observed planting crops and fishing. Moreover, because of the increase in tourist arrivals in the municipality, the community has also started opening enterprises related to tourism. In fact, tourism has now become a steady livelihood for the locales in the municipality.
Transportation (put emphasis on New Agutaya, not San Vicente in general)
• How to get into New Agutaya 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 can either take the bus or the van in travelling to New Agutaya, San Vicente. To avoid inconveniences, they should tell the drivers of their specific destination. Bus takes longer, about 5 hours and charges P200 per person while the van only takes about 4 hours and charges P300 each. Buses travel via So. Canadgan, Alimanguan while vans travel via Itabiak Junction.
o From El Nido
Tourists who wish to visit San Vicente from El Nido need to take a van from the El Nido Terminal. Vans would take them directly to their destination. However, to avoid inconveniences, guests should be more specific in telling drivers in their place of stay since Port Barton is farther from New Agutaya and is a different barangay since this is a common problem where tourists are dropped off in a different barangay. The easiest trick is to ask the driver their destination and follow it up by asking if they are familiar with the accommodation you are booked in.
o From San Vicente Airport
E-trykes are available at the San Vicente Airport to take tourists and visitors to New Agutaya. Drivers charge P200 per trip.
• How to get into New Agutaya by air, via San Vicente Airport
o From Manila
o Take the Sky Jet flight bound for San Vicente.
o E-trykes are available for a fee of P200 per trip.
o From Clark
o Take the Philippine Airlines flight bound for San Vicente.
o E-trykes are available for a fee of P200 per trip.
• How to go around New Agutaya (commuting around New Agutaya)
o By land
One way to tour around New Agutaya 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.
E-trykes are now common in San Vicente. They charge a minimum of P10 per passenger but then would increase depending on the destination. They can also be hired to go around New Agutaya but tourists should discuss their itineraries first with the drivers so as to know the exact charge for the tour. Important note to remember is that e-trykes have a maximum driving distance and are run by rechargeable batteries.
If tourists’ priority is their comfort, then they should rent vans or cars specifically four-wheel drives. 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
New Agutaya can be reached both by land and water. Nearby islands in the municipality travel by boat and those living in the next barangays travel by land.
Visitors coming from Port Barton can hire tourist boats to take them or drop them off at the Poblacion Port then take an e-tryke in going to New Agutaya. Day tours can be arranged with the Port Barton tourist boats.
Education in New Agutaya area
• Tertiary Education – none
• Secondary Education – none
• Primary Education – New Agutaya Elementary School
– New Agutaya Day Care Center
Safety and Security in New Agutaya area
Both PNP Headquarters and Bureau of Fire Protection Office are found in Poblacion. Tourists should not worry about their safety and security in the area because all accommodations and other business establishments have hotlines to all security agencies in San Vicente. The barangay government of New Agutaya also has their local Tanods who man the area. Roving by the PNP is also regulaly done.
New Agutaya has its own Barangay Health Station with trained barangay health workers to cater basic medical consultations and emergencies or visitors can go to the Rural Health Unit located in the town center. Two doctors, nurses, midwives, and support staff are available.
• Existing religion
Iglesia Ni Kristo
Seventh Day Adventist
Church of Latter Day Saints
• Churches in New Agutaya
• San Isidro Labrador
Foundation Day – January 5-8
Town Fiesta – May 13-15
Utilities in New Agutaya area
New Agutaya already has twenty-four electricity. Most accommodations have ready-generator sets in cases of black outs. Some also have portable solar panels and emergency lights.
Water in San Vicente is clean and potable. 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.
Internet connection is fairly OK in the municipality though there are certain areas in the barangay that don’t have telecom signals or have ow signal strength due to location. Therefore, no internet connection. Nonetheless, business establishments are now having their own wifi connection for their guests.
Must See in New Agutaya area
• Tourist destinations
• Inandeng River
• Long Beach
• Miano’s Farm
• San Isidro Labrador
• Ayeg Festival – January 5-8
Must Do in New Agutaya area
• Recommended Activities
• Swimming at the Long Beach
• Sun bathing
• Taking a leisure run or walk at the Long Beach
• Playing frisbee, volleyball, and other beach ball sports
• Inandeng River Tour
• Kayaking along Inandeng River
• Fruit picking at Miano’s Farm (seasonal)
Must Try in New Agutaya area
• Recommended foods/delicacies
• Seafood cooked traditionally
• Cashew Nuts
• Wood Worm (tamilok)
• Native Chicken
• Dried Fish
• Local fruits
• Mud Crabs
Where to Stay in New Agutaya (recommended places with good facilities at least 5, if applicable)
• Nayarani Villas
• Jurisu Resort
• Farm Belle Cottages and Restaurant
• Turublien Long Beach Inn and Beach Bar
• Casa Esmeralda
• 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