Bataraza, Palawan (History, Barangays, General Information)

Bataraza is a second class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. It is named after Datu Bataraza Narrazid, a locally influential Muslim chieftain and father of the town’s first mayor and former mayor of Brooke’s Point, the late Datu Sapiodin Narrazid. Bataraza was part of the municipality of Brooke’s Point until 1964 by the virtue of Philippine RA 3425.

According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 41,458 people in 8,658 households. Main industries of Bataraza includes farming, fishing, and nickel mining and processing. The largest pearl in the world, The Pearl of Lao Tzu (also known as the “Pearl of Allah”) was recovered here by a Filipino diver from a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. The gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9½ inches long and 5½ inches in diameter.

Brief History
Bataraza was formerly a part of Brooke’s Point. It became a separate municipality on June 18, 1961 by virtue of Republic Act No. 3425. The town was named after the late Datu Bataraza.

Bataraza is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.

  • Bono-Bono
  • Bulalacao
  • Buliluyan
  • Culandanum
  • Igang-Igang
  • Inogbong
  • Iwahig
  • Malihud
  • Malitub
  • Marangas (Poblacion)
  • Ocayan
  • Puring
  • Rio Tuba
  • Sandoval
  • Sapa
  • Sarong
  • Sumbiling
  • Tabud
  • Tagnato
  • Tagolango
  • Taratak
  • Tarusan

General Information
Area (sq. kms.): 726.20
Population (2000): 41,458 (50% Muslim)
No. of Barangays: 22
Income Class:Second
District: Second
Zip Code:5306
Area Code: 048

Festivals
May 13 (Our Lady of Fatima)

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataraza,_Palawan
http://www.biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=50&sobi2Id=809&Itemid=56