Busuanga Palawan Philippines
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Busuanga Present Socio-Economic Situation
Busuanga Palawan population growth rate during the period 1990-1995 is at an average of 7.55 percent yearly. For the year 2000, household population of the municipality is estimated at 16, 292 based on unofficial NSO census result. By the year 2005, the population is projected 32,836 and 47,271 by 2010.Average household size is five. The 1995 population density was 40 persons per square kilometer. Only 12 percent reside in the Poblacion (Salvacion) and the rest in rural areas.
Working age population or the potential labor force in 1995 was 9,200 of this total only 58 percent or 5336 persons are in the labor force with 4,055 employed or 76% employment rate. Average annual income in the municipality was 33,224.26 pesos in 1995.
Busuanga Palawan economy is basically agricultural. The leading products are rice, cashew and mango. Estimated total rice production in 1995 was 794 tons at an average of 30 cavans per hectare. Estimated volume of meat production for cattle is 10.4 tons, swine-9 tons and poultry -2.3 tons. This volume of production represents about 25 percent of the total animal production. As of 1995, rice and meat production were not sufficient to meet nutritional requirements of the populace.
However, in terms of fish requirement, production is adequate.
The municipality has an adequate supply of minor forest products such as rattan and buho, which could be tapped for cottage industry development. At present, there is no existing cottage industry in the area. Pearl farming is the biggest industry in the municipality.
At present, there are five pearl farming companies in the municipality occupying a total area of about 7, 582 hectares.
Busuanga is selected as one of the priority areas for tourism development however tourism’s contribution to the present economy of the municipality is still significant.
Municipality literacy rate as of 1995v was 70.21 percent, about 24 percent lower than the provincial average (94%). There was a low participation rate in the high school level (60%). The municipality has neither a college nor a vocational school.
There are only 2 doctors, 2 nurses, 12 rural health midwives and 1 dentist for the whole municipality. The existing rural health unit (RHU) serves the 16 barangays of the municipality complemented by 7 barangay health stations (BHS). Birth rate is estimated at 2.8 percent while death rate is 0.51 percent.
The municipality is generally a peaceful area. The most common offenses reported from 1995-1999 were illegal fishing and illegal logging.
Roads and road transport in the municipality are limited. The present municipal road network has a total of 57.802 kilometers. Of the total road network, 17.66 percent or 10.211 kilometers are barangay roads, 21.28 percent or 12.304 kilometers are provincial roads, 60.68 percent or 35. 067 kilometers are national roads while only 0.38 percent or 0.22 kilometer is categorized as municipal road.
An airstrip with an 800 meters x 30 meters runway owned by SUMAPI, a pearl farm owner exists but it is not provided with adequate drainage facilities.
The municipal port is located in Putod Point, Barangay Salvacion, although there are other public & private wooden piers.
The 8 Barangays of Salvacion, Old Busuanga, New Busuanga, Sto Nino, Concepcion, Sagrada, Bogtong, and Buluang are served with 24-hour electricity by NAPOCOR/PALECO. Water facilities remain undeveloped even though the island of Busuanga has good ground water potential. Level III facilities are available only in the town center of Salvacion. Telecommunications is poorly provided with unreliable telephone service and single band radio.
The municipal government is the leading institution in Busuanga. In 1999, it generated a total revenue of P22,151,537.00 derived from the municipal tax collected and internal revenue allotment from the national government.