Pag-asa Island

Kalayaan, Palawan

Pag-asa Island is part of the municipality of Kalayaan, located in the western section of the Province of Palawan. It is composed of six islets, two cays, parts of larger reefs, and two reefs with aggregate land area of approximately 79 hectares.

Pag-asa Island has the biggest area, which is 37.2 hectares. The airstrip in the island has an area of 5.6 hectares, running a length of ...

approximately 1,260 meters

Pag-asa Island News

  • Pag-asa Island Airstrip To Be Upgraded DND

    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday that it is looking to improve the runway in Pag-asa Island, Palawan to make it all weather.

    In an interview, Lorenzana also said that it is also eyeing to improve the facilities in the island for the benefit of troops and residents living there.

    He also did not discount the possibility of allowing tourists visit the place as part of government's long-term goal.

    Pag-asa Island, it was recalled, has a dilapidated airstrip, a five-bed lying-in clinic, and a small elementary school built for soldiers and residents.

    Once a strictly milit ...

  • Pag-asa Island And 3 Others May Soon Become Ecotourism Destination

    Pag-asa Island and its adjoining islands of Parola, Kota and Panata may soon become a special ecological tourism zone. Collectively known as Pag-asa Island Cluster, the said islands are part of the Municipality of Kalayaan in West Philippine Sea.

    Senator Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill No. 944 to declare Pag-asa Island Cluster ecotourism destination and protected area to promote and develop the said islands "as a tourist destination for domestic and international tourists while protecting its natural resources and diverse flora and fauna species."

    "In addition, it also seeks to declare th ...

  • Angara Bill Declare Pag-asa Island An Ecotourism Destination

    Senator Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a bill seeking to declare Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) a special ecological tourism zone.

    Angara said in a statement on Saturday, August 27, that Senate Bill 944 aims to "promote and develop the island cluster as a tourist destination while protecting its natural resources."

    "With its impeccable beauty, the island is an ideal tourist destination," said Angara. "

    The government should provide the necessary support to promote the island's rich biodiversity and Philippine heritage that our country should be proud of," h ...

  • Pag-asa Island Fishermen Get Fiberglass Boats

    Around 100 fishermen in Kalayaan town in the disputed West Philippines Sea (WPS) will benefit from the 20 units of fiberglass boats that were donated on Friday by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as livelihood support.

    The fiberglass boats were formally turned over as donations to the fishing community of Barangay Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan at the Naval Tide Pole in Puerto Princesa City.

    Measuring 38-feet each, the fishing boats were specifically donated by BFAR to the Kalayaan Fisherfolk Organization (KFA) and the Spratly's Strong ...

  • Chinese Fishers Destroy Reefs As Anti-Ivory Action Boosts Clam Market

    Chinese fishing boats are wantonly destroying reefs using anchors and boat propellors to extract valuable Giant Clams as global anti-poaching efforts impact the ivory trade, leaving a gap in the market. Following reports by the BBC and Diplomat Magazine, marine ecologist & biologist John McManus headed to the disputed territory in the South China Sea to assess the damage himself. Here's what he found...

    A January article by Victor Robert Lee in the Diplomat on cutter boats causing widespread damage to coral reefs in the Spratly Islands area of the South China Sea caused me grave concerns ab ...

  • Kalayaans First Bakery And Coffee Shop Now Open

    Civilian residents and soldiers in far-flung Kalayaan town on Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys can now avail themselves of pan de sal and other breads following last week's opening of the first-ever bakery and coffee shop in town.

    Owned and operated by lady entrepreneur Mary Joy Gilbuena Batiancilla, Pag-asa Bakery and Café started catering to the bread needs of around 200 civilian residents and their children as well as soldiers deployed on the island.

    "I decided to put up a bakery because everybody here, including me, eats bread only when on the mainland (Palawan)," Batiancilla said in ...