Overview about Poblacion
Barangay Poblacion is the town center of the municipality of San Vicente. It is where the Municipal Government Center is found and also the center for commerce. Because of the high potential for tourism development, beautiful nearby islands, and 14-km Long Beach, Poblacion is part of Cluster 1- Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ).
Basic geographic location (no need for coordinates)
As the town center of the municipality, Poblacion is 186km far from the City of Puerto Princesa via the Itabiak Junction, Roxas. The barangay is also around 2.5km away from the San Vicente Airport.
Because of its geographic location and proximity with some of the barangays within the municipality, Poblacion can either be reached by land or by sea, if weather condition permits. However, with the on-going road connectivity projects of the government, Poblacion will then be accessible to all barangays a few years from now.
Barangay Government of Poblacion
Punong Barangay: Cesar B. Cales
Barangay Kagawad: Randy A. Balse
Dandy D. Dela Cruz
Ismael L. Turla
Elsa V. Tejada
Ramon S. Aberia, Sr.
Evangeline G. Maagad
Pedro B. Rombo
Angie A. Gallego
SK Chairman: Mark Anthony D. Tabangay
• Municipal Government Center of San Vicente
• Local Legislative Building
• Evacuation Centers (near the MGC and Sampaguita)
• Office of the Municipal Agriculturist
• Barangay Government of Poblacion
• Municipal Covered Gym
• Bureau of Fire
• Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
• Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office
• Women’s Center
• Rural Health Unit
• Bantay Dagat Office
• Municipal Economic and Enterprise Development Office
• Department of Trade and Industry Sub-Office
• Philippine Coast Guard
• Philippine National Police
• Commission on Elections
• Office of the Senior Citizen
• Day Care Centers (Rosal and Sampaguita)
• San Vicente Airport
• Department of Transportation
• Regional Mobile Force Battalion
• Municipal Engineering Office
The local government of San Vicente works hand in hand with the Barangay Government of Poblacion in the effective implementation of government laws and of different programs, plans, and activities geared towards the promotion and development of the barangay. Having Poblacion 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 Poblacion
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 the town center, 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 Poblacion. 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 withdraw money. They should take into account that these establishments cater the whole municipality.
Commercial centers in Pobalcion area
• R & T Roxas Commercial & Realty Corporation
• JT III Enterprise (Pharmacy)
• Pharmarich Drugstore
• St. Jude Commercial
• Fabia General Merchandise
• Panindigan Hardware
• Ri Chime Water Refilling Station
• RLM Trading and Construction Supply
• Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala
• Abot Kaya Commercial
• Feticio Store
• Zyrie Internet Cafe
• RA Hardware
• SVH Construction Supply & Trading
• Yamaha 3S Shop
• Honda Motors Shop
• Fil Oil Gas Station
• M. Lhuiller Pawnshop
• TGP Pharmacy
• Panindigan Petron Station
• Prince Reign Mini Mart
• Azenith Bakeshop
• Jemar John Bakeshop
Where to buy essentials (toiletries, etc.)
Being the town center, Poblacion has a number of commercial estsblishments 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 Poblacion area
Because of the continuous tourism development in San Vicente, livelihood in Poblacion is also evolving. Though fishing and farming are the main livelihood, tourism is likewise making its mark. Locales now are starting businesses related to tourism like accommodations, travel and tour agencies, restaurants and bars, to name a few.
Transportation (put emphasis on Poblacion, not San Vicente in general)
• How to get into Poblacion 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 Poblacion, San Vicente. They should specifically tell drivers that they are bound for POBLACION so that there will be no inconveniences. 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 Poblacion proper 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 Poblacion. Drivers charge P50 for each passenger.
• How to get into Poblacion 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 P50 per passenger.
o From Clark
o Take the Philippine Airlines flight bound for San Vicente.
o E-trykes are available for a fee of P50 per passenger.
• How to go around Poblacion (commuting around Poblacion)
o By land
One way to tour around Poblacion 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 Poblacion 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
Visitors from Port Barton can travel by boat to Poblacion. For a fee, they can hire a registered tourist boat to drop them off in Poblacion or arrange a day tour.
Education in Poblacion area
• Tertiary Education – Palawan State University – San Vicente Campus
• Secondary Education – Poblacion National High School
• Primary Education – Poblacion Elementary School
– Rosal Day Care Center
– Sampaguita Day Care Center
Safety and Security in Poblacion 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 Poblacion also has their local Tanods who man the area. Roving by the PNP is also regulaly done.
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.
• Existing religion
Iglesia Ni Kristo
Seventh Day Adventist
Church of Latter Day Saints
• Churches in Poblacion
• St. Vincent Ferrer
• Iglesia ni Cristo
• So. Panindigan Church
Foundation Day – April 1 and 2
Town Fiesta – April 3 – 5
Utilities in Poblacion area
Poblacion 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 Poblacion area
• Tourist destinations
• Niaporay Coral Reef
• Kalipay Cove
• Pablico Beach
• Gadiano Beach
• Panindigan Beach
• Panindigan Fishing Village
• Macatumbalen Beach
• Pinagmangalucan Beach
• Pamana (OMA Organic Farm)
• Port Balangay
• Double Island
• Boayan Island
• St. Vincent Ferrer Church
• Municipal Government Center
Malagnang Festival – June 19-21 (whole municipality)
Must Do in Poblacion area
• Recommended Activities
• Sun Bathing
• Fishing with locales
• Visiting Panindigan Fishing Village
• Snorkeling in Niaporay Reef
• Hanging Out at the Baywalk Food Court
• Sunset Watching at Macatumbalen Beach, Pinagmangalucan Beach, Panindigan Beach, or Poblacion Baywalk Area
• Sunset Watching while having at the Balangay Boat
• Vegetable picking at Pamana
• Eat in Nipa Hut
Must Try in Poblacion area
• Recommended foods/delicacies
• Seafood cooked traditionally
• Cashew Nuts
• Wood Worm (tamilok)
• Native Chicken
• Organic vegetables bought in Pamana
• Dried Fish
• Local fruits
Where to Stay in Poblacion (recommended places with good facilities at least 5, if applicable)
• Basio’s Place
• Palmera Garden Inn
• Foxy’s Beach Resort (papers on process)
• Sunset Beach Resort
• 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