General Info

Summer months: March through May
Wettest month is September (barring climate change)

Sun block and mosquito repellants are available in most drugs stores in town. No need to bring them with you and load up your luggage.

Robinson's Mega Mall:
It has just about any item you need. From flip flops to supermarket items. It also houses many restaurants as well.

Transportation in the City

There are no taxi cabs available. The only way to get around generally are the public multicabs, and the little motorized tricycles Neither of which are airconditioned.

There are vans you can rent for the day with a driver which run about 3500.php per day. Motorcycles are readily available for day hire along Rizal Street by the airport.

If you are staying at a hotel, Inn or pension, they almost always have someone meet you at the airport and they have scheduled times to bring visitors to city center and other areas. Best to check with your respective lodging.

Generally it's 6 months of rain and 6 months of no rain, but lately it's rained during the summer months as well. It's quite hot and humid.

Always carry mosquito repellent and sun block and a flashlight if you are in the provinces. Even in the city there are many electrical blackouts. A small pocket flashlight might come in handy.


History - you can read about the History here 

Important phone numbers:
From official city website:

Philippine National Police
City Police Station: 166 / (048) 434 - 9890 / 434 - 9889
Provincial Police Station: (048) 434 - 7053
Police Maritime: (048) 433 - 3262
  • Law Enforcement.
  • Maintain peace and order.
  • Prevents and investigates crimes and bring offenders to justice.
  • Exercise the vested powers from the Philippine Constitution and pertinent laws.
  • Detain an arrested person for a period not beyond what is prescribed by law.
  • Implements pertinent laws and regulations on firearms and explosives control.
  • Supervise and control the training and operations of security agencies.

Bureau of Fire Protection
Fire Department: 160 / (048) 434 - 2076
  • To prevent and suppress destructive fires, enforce fire related laws and to provide emergency medical and rescue services

Kilos Agad Action Center - 117
Patrol 117: (048) 433 - 5322
KAAC/Kilos Agad Action Center: (048) 434 - 9426
  • Maintained the operation of Patrol 117 in the City. 117 KAAC Emergency Call Center is officially automated and operational within 24 hours a day 365 days and became a common household emergency number relied to respond immediately to any emergency situation. It is the first Regional Emergency call Center that uses UHF/VHF radios interfaces in the voice communication system.

Western Command
Western Command - AFP : (048) - 433 - 2311 / (048) - 433 - 2411
570th CTW : (048) 433 - 3991 / 433 - 8225
NAVFORWEST : (048) - 434 - 8295
  • The Armed Forces of the Philippines' Wide Support Commands Combating Terrorism and Insurgency in Islands of Palawan and Kalayaan including the disputed spratlys island group

Provincial Hospital - 169 / (048) - 433 - 2621
Provincial Health Office - (048) - 433 - 2721
Palawan Adventist Hospital - (048) - 433 - 2156
City Health Office - (048) - 434 - 6582
Cooperative Hospital - (048) - 434-3255 / 434-5580
City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC)

Philippine National Red Cross
PNRC: (048) 433 - 6362
  1. The PRC provides six major services: Blood Services, Disaster Management, Safety Services, Community Health and Nursing, Social Services and the Volunteer Service.

DOST: (048) 433 - 5192
To provide flood and typhoon warnings, public weather forecasts and advisories, meteorological, astronomical, climatological, and other specialized information and services primarily for the protection of life and property and in support of economic, productivity and sustainable development.

Executive Office
Office of the City Mayor: (048) - 433 - 9020 / (048) - 433 - 2249
  • Establish a physical facility to be known as the Puerto Princesa City Disaster Operation Center and equipping and training of disaster action team/units on Preparedness program, Rescue, Relief,Rehabilitation and prevention.
  • Determine and evaluate the requirements for major disaster and submit recommendation to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council or National Coordinating Council or to the President of the Philippines for allocation of critical resources
  • Request or appeal to non-government organizations and the private sector for such assistance as may be required in preparing for, reacting to and recovering from the effects of disaster
  • Conduct disaster operations to save lives, alleviate sufferings, prevent epidemics, protect rights, maintain law and order, and develop among the victims and attitude of self-reliance and fortitude
  • Adopt or promulgate such rules and regulations of working procedures and organizational set-up as may be necessary to effectively carry out the intents and purpose of the order


Anonymous said…
Hi! I was wondering whether you know of any Pilates places in Puerto Princesa? I know about Bahay Kalipay but I wanted to see if there are pilates sessions elsewhere in town? Thank you :-)
Diana Limjoco said…
Hi, So sorry really don't know anyone teaching Pilates at this time. Will let you know if I do find out anything.
Anonymous said…
Hi Diana,

I am currently living in the US but i think it's time to think about retirement. I just spent holy week this year (march 25-29, 2013) in puerto princesa and fell in love with the place. I was just wondering how much is rent for a 3 bedroom home in a descent area in Puerto Princesa. Other costs of living like food and entertainment, tricycle rides, i think i already have a good idea.

Eagerly waiting,