Palauig, officially the Municipality of Palauig, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 34,947 people.[3]

Municipality of Palauig
Downtown area
Downtown area
Flag of Palauig
Official seal of Palauig
Map of Zambales with Palauig highlighted
Map of Zambales with Palauig highlighted
Palauig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°26′N 120°03′E / 15.43°N 120.05°E / 15.43; 120.05Coordinates: 15°26′N 120°03′E / 15.43°N 120.05°E / 15.43; 120.05
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
District2nd district
Barangays19 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorBilly M. Aceron
 • Vice MayorArnold A. Anaud
 • CongressmanCheryl D. Montalla
 • Electorate25,911 voters (2019)
 • Total310.00 km2 (119.69 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total34,947
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
 • Income class3rd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence22.91% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)117,624,050.91 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)47
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesSambal

The municipality of Palauig is the nearest mainland to the Philippine-claimed EEZ Panatag Shoal, or Scarborough Shoal.

At present, Palauig is headed by Mayor Billy M. Aceron [1], with the Municipal Council called Sangguniang Bayan with 8 members, particularly 7 regular Councilors and the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Bel Ponce Altares.


Palauig is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.[2]

  • Alwa
  • Bato
  • Bulawen
  • Cauyan
  • East Poblacion
  • Garreta
  • Libaba
  • Liozon
  • Lipay
  • Locloc
  • Macarang
  • Magalawa
  • Pangolingan
  • Salaza
  • San Juan
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Tomas
  • San Vicente
  • West Poblacion


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,363—    
1918 4,406+1.82%
1939 6,026+1.50%
1948 8,386+3.74%
1960 10,392+1.80%
1970 14,546+3.42%
1975 16,359+2.38%
1980 17,176+0.98%
1990 21,577+2.31%
1995 26,794+4.14%
2000 29,983+2.44%
2007 30,747+0.35%
2010 33,286+2.93%
2015 34,947+0.93%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Palauig was 34,947 people,[3] with a density of 110 inhabitants per square kilometre or 280 inhabitants per square mile.


Most of the local populations in the town proper, known locally as 'Poblacion' speak Sambal followed by Ilocano and Tagalog. But most of the present generation are speaking and more fluent in using the Filipino (Tagalog) the country's national language. The barangays of Alwa, Bato, Salaza, San Vicente and Pangolingan were known to be a majority Ilocano speakers. While Liozon is known to be a sambal speaking Barangay. Except for the rest were still sambal is the majority dialect with a minority of Tagalog and Ilocano.


Palauig is home to the mountain climbing resort of Mount Tapulao. Because of cold climate on its summit similar to Baguio City, it has become an attraction to many local and foreign mountaineering groups and tourists. The Municipal Tourism Authority of the Palauig Municipal Government also promotes the Magalawa Island Resort and Famous Beach Resorts along the coastal Barangay of Locloc.

Due to the municipal government's aggressive tourism campaign, local and foreign tourist arrivals in the municipality is on the rise and bringing Palauig as another Tourist destination in Zambales Province.

Special Administrative ZoneEdit



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Zambales". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Zambales". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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