Kalayaan, Palawan

Kalayaan, officially the Municipality of Kalayaan (Tagalog: Bayan ng Kalayaan), is a 5th class municipality in the West Philippine Sea under the jurisdiction of the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 193 people. [3]

Part of the Spratly Islands, situated within the West Philippine Sea, the Kalayaan municipality, which includes Pag-asa Island (the administrative center of Kalayaan Island Group) is 280 nautical miles north-west of Puerto Princesa and 932 kilometres (579 mi) south-west of Metro Manila. It consists of a single barangay located on Pag-asa Island, which also serves as the seat of the municipal government. It is the least populated municipality in the Philippines. Kalayaan’s annual budget is 47 million pesos (about $1.1 million).[4]

Kalayaan municipality has an airstrip, a naval port, a five-bed lying-in clinic, a police station, a coast guard station, and a small elementary school.[5]

Formerly an exclusively military installation, Pag-asa Island was opened to civilian settlement in 2002.[5][6]

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