Brgy. Mananao is one of the farthest community in the Municipality of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro.
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Brgy. Mananao is situated at approximately 13.4843, 120.5243, in the island of Mindoro. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 726.7 meters or 2,384.2 feet above mean sea level.
Located close to Brgy. Sta. Maria, an IP community in Abra de Ilog, is one of many coastal barangays in Paluan.
Mananao shares a common border with the following barangay(s):
- Harrison, Paluan, Occidental Mindoro
- Alipaoy, Paluan, Occidental Mindoro
- Lumangbayan, Paluan, Occidental Mindoro
- Wawa, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
- Tibag, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
You can reach the area by taking a one-hour boat ride from Sitio Apias, Brgy. Wawa in Abra de Ilog.
Approximately it has a 2,000 population with more than 400 households.
Residents would rather take the boat to buy or trade their products in the Municipality of Abra de Ilog instead of enduring some 3-5 hours walk across the mountain trek going to downtown Paluan.
According to Brgy. Chairman Allan Mulingbayan, his community is a mix of Tagalog and Mangyan residents. They live together peacefully at the foot of the mountain, immediately close to the coastal area.
Their livelihood primarily consists of fishing, farming, and selling pebble stones.
The community’s power supply comes from a diesel engine generator
In February 2020, Occidental Mindoro Lone District Cong. Josephine Sato announced that her House Bill No. 264 entitled ‘An Act Establishing A Special Economic Zone And Free Port In The Municipality Of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro, Providing Funds Therefor And For Other Purposes‘ has been approved by the House of Representatives.
Said Special Economic Zone covers ‘certain parts of Sitio Calaunsan of Brgy. Mananao’, together with some areas of Sitio Agdilaw and Sitio Lobo of Brgy. Alipaoy in said municipality.
Last June 8, Cong. Josephine Sato, Abra de Ilog Mayor Eric Constantino, Board Member Philip Ramirez, Board Member Abe Pangilinan, Municipal Councilors, and Chairmen of different barangays visited Mananao, bringing with them buckets full of food packs and water hose for the community.