Balabac

Balabac

 

a strait between Balabac Island on the north and the islands of Balambagan and Banggai on the south, connecting the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The strait is approximately 50 km wide and 49–151 m deep. To the east, the Strait of Balabac is divided by coral shelves, rising 5 m and 3.5 m below the surface, into two passageways: Lumbukan and the Main Passage.

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Major islands: Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, Catanduanes, Busuanga, Marinduque, Romblon, Polillo, Burias, Ticao, Alabat, Sibuyan, Tablas, Culion, Balabac, Bugsuk, Dumaran.
The following areas remain under the state of calamity: Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur Province of Lanao del Norte Labason, Zamboanga del Norte Salug, Zamboanga del Norte Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay Balabac, Palawan Aborlan, Palawan Bataraza, Palawan Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte Baungon, Bukidnon Province of Lanao del Sur The agency also said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development has given worth of P29.
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The state weather service said Tembin is expected to hit Balabac, a fishing island of 40,000 people in the western Philippines late Saturday with gusts of 115 kilometres (71 miles) an hour.
As for barangays with the highest numbers of poor widows and widowers, Bancalaan and Mangsee of Balabac, in southern Palawan are on the top of the list.
citizens should exercise extreme caution if considering travel in the southern Sulu Sea region between Balabac Island and Palawan, in the Philippines; Sabah, Malaysia; and east to Zamboanga City, Mindanao, in the Philippines.
The boat and its 13 fishermen were apprehended this weekend off Balabac town in Palawan province, 850 kilometres south-west of Manila.
Villena said that of the 91 poaching incidents since 1995, 52 occurred in internationally recognized Philippine waters around Balabac, an island off the southernmost tip of Palawan, 11 at Tubbataha Reef, located in Sulu Sea southeast of Palawan, and nine in waters off Palawan's southern towns of Quezon, Rizal, and Bataraza.
Villena said the biggest group of Chinese come from China's Hainan Province and head to Balabac town at the southern tip of Palawan and to the western side of the Spratly Islands.
Atos, commander of naval forces in the area, said informants had told them that Chinese poachers planted the net a week ago in the coastal district of Balabac.
The fishermen, shaken but unharmed by the June 4 incident, immediately left the area, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) off Palawan province's Balabac Island.
The contract has been signed to develop the West Balabac offshore oil block in the central Philippines.