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Port Area
Port District
South Port District
District of Manila
Aerial view of Port Area with Customs House
Aerial view of Port Area with Customs House
Map of Manila showing the location of Port Area
Map of Manila showing the location of Port Area
Coordinates: 14°35′19″N 120°58′07″E / 14.588726°N 120.968597°E / 14.588726; 120.968597
RegionNational Capital Region
DistrictPart of the 5th district of Manila
 • Total3.1528 km2 (1.2173 sq mi)
 • Total72,605
 • Density23,000/km2 (60,000/sq mi)
ZIP code
1018 (Port Area (South))
Area code2

The Port Area, also known as Port District and South Port District,[2][3] is a district of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is entirely a reclaimed land occupied by Manila South Harbor and Baseco Compound. It is bounded on the north by the Pasig River, facing the districts of Tondo and San Nicolas, on the west by Manila Bay, on the east by Intramuros, separated by Radial Road 1, and on the south by Ermita. Post-war developments at the Manila South Harbor eventually paved the way for the migration of people from the different provinces, making it one of the largest urban poor community in the Philippines.


The district of Port Area is made up of 5 barangays, numbered 649 to 653. Barangay 649 contains the Engineer's Island, now informally known as the Baseco Compound. The Island is regarded as one of the biggest urban poor communities in the Philippines. All barangays of Port Area belong to Zone 68 of the City of Manila.

Zone/Barangay Land area (km²) Population (2020 census)
Zone 68
Barangay 649 (Baseco Compound) 1.102 km² 64,750
Barangay 650 0.1059 km² 5,202
Barangay 651 0.1738 km² 2,556
Barangay 652 0.09513 km² 39
Barangay 653 0.2958 km² 58


  1. ^ "2020 Census of Population and Housing Results" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. August 16, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  2. ^ Bach, John (1920). City of Manila, Philippine Islands (Map). 1:11,000. Bureau of Commerce and Industry. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  3. ^ De Jesus, Domingo (1958). Table and Pocket Map Guide City of Manila Republic of the Philippines (Map). 1:24,268. Retrieved May 31, 2023.