The village has an elementary school and barangay clinic. Islanders are mainly fishermen and palm straw growers. The fishermen either dry their catch under the sun and trade them in the mainland for their other needs or sell their fresh catch to the mainland.
The palm growers would harvest leaves of palms grown in the island and process them into strips, the raw material in weaving banig (sleeping mats made with woven strips of romblon palm).
Along the shore are growing mangroves, white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, and very clear pristine sea water.
Towering coconut trees and some trees also abound in the island. The villagers built concrete cistern near their houses to catch and store rainwater as their main source of freshwater. Though they often have to go the mainland of Inopacan or Hindang towns to fetch their daily supply of potable water.
Sunday is Market Day in Inopacan. Islanders from Cuatro Islas would come to the Taboan (trading area) at the Reclamation Area (formerly known as Pasil) to sell their catch, dried fishes, seaweeds, and other marine products. As shown in the picture, above, bundles of lilas (romblon palm strips) from Apid island are being transported to the shore in mainland Inopacan for sale, barter or trading with other basic commodities that this Apidnon (an islander from Apid) would need back home in the island. Lilas is the main material used in weaving banig (native sleeping mat).
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