After a powerful storm hit this coastal village several decades ago, residents scouring the beach found thousands of shells known as “binga” in the Calamianes Islands in northern Palawan. Because of this, the indigenous Tagbanua people who first inhabited this place decided to name their community “Binga”, after the shell. In 1920, Binga became a barrio of Taytay municipality. It was among the barangays that formed San Vicente when the latter became a municipality in 1972.
Binga, in the northernmost part of San Vicente, was named aftera shell.
SITIOS : Boding, Binga Proper, Gue, Malarim, Lincuan, Lumambong, Mamagang, Cauban, Newtio, Ipidal, Imuruan
POPULATION: 1,363 individuals in 336 households (1995 census)
LAND AREA: 1,387 hectares
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Tagalog, Cebuano, Cuyunon, Ilonggo, Tagbanua, Agutaynon
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Iglesia ni Cristo, Tagbanua
MOST COMMON ILLNESSES: Malaria, pulmonary diseases, diarrhea
SCHOOLS: 1 elementary school in Binga proper, 1 primary school in sitio Cauban
ORGANIZATIONS: Masigasig na Katutubong Samahan ng Binga, Boding Resource
Management Center, Boding Women’s Organization
HEALTH SERVICES: 1 barangay health center with nurse and health worker
WATER SOURCE: Level II communal faucet, dug wells, Jetmatic pumps, creeks
ELECTRICITY: In Binga proper, 20 households are serviced by a barangay-owned generating set, and some sitios are powered by privately-owned generating sets. All told, only 10% of barangay residents have
electricity, and 90% use kerosene lamps for light.
COMMUNICATION: More than 70% of households have portable radios. The barangay captain has one hand-held radio connected to the municipal frequency for monitoring purposes.