Kalayaan, Palawan

municipality of the Philippines in the province of Palawan

Kalayaan is a Philippine municipality in the province of Palawan.[1] It is in the eastern part of the South China Sea.[2]

Map of Palawan in the Philippines showing Kalayaan



In 1978, the Presidential Decree No. 1596 established the municipality as part of Palawan.[3]

Control of the seas around Kalayaan is disputed.[4] The 2010 Philippine census identifies a population of 200+ people.[5]



Kalayaan is in the eastern part of the South China Sea. The Phillipines claims that these mostly uninhabited off-shore islands are in an area which is distinct from the Spratly Islands.[6]

Kalayaan has a land area of approximately 85 hectares.[5]



  1. Philippine National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), "Kalayaan" Archived 2015-11-14 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-4-23.
  2. The marine biology of the South China Sea: proceedings of the third International conference on the Marine Biology of the South China Sea, Hong Kong, 28 October-1 November, 1996, p. 347.
  3. Emmers, Ralf. (2013). Resource Management and Contested Territories in East Asia, p. 54[permanent dead link].
  4. Laude, Jaime. "Chinese warship harassed Phl boats off Kalayaan’," The Philippine Star, January 1, 2013; retrieved 2013-4-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Philippine Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), "Kalayaan" Archived 2016-01-11 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-4-23.
  6. Dzurek, Daniel J. and Clive H. Schofield. (1996). The Spratly Islands dispute: who's on first?, p. 20.

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