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Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA[?] region in Luzon. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City[?] and it is the largest province in terms of land area. The islands of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast.

Palawan is considered to be the Philippines' last frontier. The province boasts of many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park[?], one of the World Heritage Sites, is located.

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Region: MIMAROPA[?] (Region IV-B)
Founded: March 10, 1917
2000 census—755,412 (31st largest).
Density—51 per km² (3rd lowest).
Area: 14,896.3 km² (largest)
Component Cities—1.
Congressional districts—2.
Governor[?]: Mario Joel T. Reyes (2001-2004)

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Palawan is subdivided into 23 municipalities and 1 city.

The Philippine government claims most of the Spratly Islands, locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands[?], in the South China Sea Islands to be under the jurisdiction of Palawan.





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