Wednesday, September 15, 2010

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES. The last ecological frontier

Palawan is a narrow archipelago of 1,7-- islands on the Western border of the Philippines. It's irregular coastline stretches almost 2,000 km long, indented by numerous covers and bays. With an area of more than 1.7 million hec mostly mountain forests, it's forest cover is the biggest in the country at about 56% of its total land area. Its agricultural land which is about 1,489,655 hec is planted mostly with Palay, corn, coconut, cashew, banana and mango. recent development however, points toward a high value crop industry for the province with initiatives on rubber, cassava, banana and oil palm plantations.

The province has 432 barangays and is divided into 23 municipalities and one component city, its capital, Puerto Princesa. The indigeneous people of Palawan include the Tagbanuas, Palawan', Tau't Bato and the Batak Tribe. Among the ethnolinguistic are Cuyunin, agutaynon, cagayano and Molbogs.

Today Palawan has become the Cosmopolitan province as it is populate with migrants coming from different parts of the country. There are a number of foreigners who also made Palawan their home.

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