Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 12
Land Area: 28,296 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 12,780
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 7,615
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
This is the placid town of Panukulan where it is adjacent to the Polillo Strait (Lamon Bay) and Pacific Ocean, it is the reason why Panukulan possesses a wide source of aquatic resources. These resources can be easily located that is why an abundant supply is present. There is also a wide area for agricultural purposes beside the fact of possessing large mountains. Coconut and banana plantations are also present in almost every barangays that covers all the mountainous areas of this place. Besides, this resources, the municipality has also a potential for tourism purposes for it has natural beaches, waterfalls and other natural scenic spots. If these tourists’ potentials will be developed, it will add more attractions for Panukulan to be recognized and considered as one of the beautiful towns in Quezon Province. The Municipality of Panukulan is approximately 140 kilometers from Metro Manila to Infanta and 26 nautical miles from Infanta to Panukulan.
Panukulan derived its present name from the Tagalog word “Panulukan” which the early settlers (the Dumagat) used to call the place being situated in the corner of the Panangatan Point of the main island of Polillo. They almost settled in this locality for a long time where they are living along the sea coast of the now Poblacion planting root crops for their food and hunting wild life which was abundant in this locality during those early times. However, it is the characteristics of the native that they transfer from one place to another. As years rolled by, immigrants from Bicol and Visayan Provinces settled in the area due to the abundancy of marine life which are the source of their livelihood.
The early settlers of Panukulan recalled that during the American Regime, no foreigner ever visited the place. However, in the early twenties, Japanese settled in the vicinity of Hook Bay now Barangay Bato and operated logging. The people still remember the time when large ocean vessels docked at Hook Bay to load logs for export to the United States, Japan and even to Europe. Panukulan was one of the progressive barrios of Polillo before the outbreak of World War II. In the early twenties, Panukulan is only a barrio of the Municipality of Polillo. Due to heavy influx of settlers from the neighboring town of Infanta, and due to distance which only navigable by sea, the barrio of Panukulan together with the barrios of Libo, Lipata, and Calasumanga was converted into a municipal district on June 21, 1959 by virtue of Republic Act No. 2452 and declared municipality on July 18, 1967, under Executive Order No. 77.
The Municipality is located at the northern tip of Polillo Island which is 26 nautical miles from Infanta Quezon. It is geographically situated at 121 48.50 longitude and 14 56 latitude. It is bounded in the North by the Philippine Sea (Pacific Ocean), on the East by the Municipality of Burdeos, Quezon, on the South by Polillo, Quezon, and on the west by Polillo Strait. Infanta, Quezon is its nearest commercial center. Its travel time by motor boat going to Infanta and vice-versa is about 1.5 hours to 2 hours, depending on the weather condition. Only single regular trip is available, which leave Municipal Port at 7:30 AM and return from Infanta at 2:00 PM. All its barangay are accessible through banca or motorboat. Only Barangay Balungay up to the boundary of Barangay Pag-itan can be reached through land transportation. However there are also Tricycle Operator at Barangay Libo to Kinalagti, Barangay Libo to Pandan and Barangay Calasumanga is now also connected with the municipality of Polillo through Tricyle.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishery, Commerce and Trade
Tourist Destinations: Panangatan Point, Pinagbanderahan Lighthouse, Hookbay, Nagtikyub View Park, Pag-itan-Lipata River, Labasan Beach, Maputi Beach, Ngalan Falls, Badlaya Falls
Special Events/Festivals: Pabasketan Festival, Panukulan Quezon Fiesta Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, Panukulan, Quezon