Barangay Bangkal is one of the seven (7) barangays comprising the Westside Cluster or Cluster 2 in the first district of Makati. It has a land area of 0.8759 square kilometers which occupies 3.2% of the City’s total land area. Based on the 2010 Census of population released by the National Statistics Office, Bangkal has 23,378 residents which is 4.4% share with the City’s population and a population density of 27 persons per 1,000 square meters. This barangay is bounded by Barangay Pio del Pilar in the north, Barangay Magallanes in the south, Barangay San Lorenzo in the east and Pasay City in the west.
Bangkal is a predominantly commercial area because of the business establishments along the main thoroughfares like EDSA, South Superhighway and Evangelista St. where various automotive shops are situated.
Bangkal is well-known for its thrift shops located in Hizon St. where second hand antique stores are situated. Each store seemed to carry collections of old, wooden furniture; intricately carved sculptures and lamps and other antique collections.
Barangay Bangkal derived its name from the tree called 'Bangkal'. The early inhabitants gave the name because during those times, Bangkal trees were in abundance. To give more significance to the site, the residents planted the tree as its boundary marker. It used to abound with entertainment establishments catering both the locals and foreigners. The residents, however, being devout Christians and law abiding citizens, wanted to get rid of the notoriety in their place. And their efforts proved to be a success as can be seen in the improvements that had been effected in the community.
Predominant Economic Activities
Restaurants, banks, sari-sari stores, drugstores, beauty parlors, vehicle trading, car repairs, tire shops, carinderia, bakeries, pawnshops, apartelles, and thrift shops (segunda mano)
Major Business Establishments
McDonalds, Jollibee, Pizza Hut, Chowking, 7-11, PNB, BPI, BDO, China Bank, Uni-Oil, Petron, South Star Plaza, DMCI Inc., Makati View Apartelle
LOCATION AND PHYSICAL FEATURES
North: Pio del Pilar
South: Magallanes Village
East: San Lorenzo Village
West: Pasay City
North: Dallas St.
East: South Super highway
West: Tripa de Gallina
Slope Characteristics: Broad area of level to nearly level land
Physiography: Former tidal flat
Flood Intensity: Moderate
Earthquake Risk: Moderate to High
Water Body: Tripa de Gallina
Total Land Area: 0.8759 square kilometers
Existing Land Use: Commercial establishments are concentrated along the main thoroughfares like EDSA, South Super Highway and Evangelista. The rest are used as residential areas.