Regions of the Philippines

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A region (Filipino: Rehiyon) is an administrative subdivision in the Philippines. As of 2002, there are 17 of them and 16 of them are further subdivided into 81 provinces (lalawigan). Regions are generally organized to group provinces that have the same cultural and ethnological characteristics.

The provinces are actually the primary political subdivision. They are grouped into regions for administrative convenience. Most government offices establish regional offices instead of individual provincial offices, usually (but not necessarily always) in the city designated as the regional center.

The regions themselves do not possess a separate local government, with the exception of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which has an elected regional assembly and governor. The Cordillera Administrative Region was originally intended to be autonomous (Cordillera Autonomous Region), but the failure of two plebiscites for its establishment, reduced it to a regular administrative region.

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  • 1 List of regions
    • 1.1 Luzon
    • 1.2 Visayas
    • 1.3 Mindanao
  • 2 History
    • 2.1 Defunct regions
  • 3 References

List of regions

The Philippines consists of 17 regions. The regions are geographically combined into the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Following is a list of the regions in their island groupings. To get overviews of the regions, see the respective articles on the island groups.

The names of CALABARZON, MIMARO and SOCCSKSARGEN are capitalized because they are acronyms that stand for their component provinces or cities.

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Luzon

Map Region

(short name)

Regional center Provinces
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: National Capital Region(NCR; Metro Manila) Manila
  • Caloocan City
  • Las Piñas City
  • Makati City
  • Malabon City
  • Mandaluyong City
  • Manila
  • Marikina City
  • Muntinlupa City
  • Navotas City
  • Parañaque City
  • Pasay City
  • Pasig City
  • Pateros
  • Quezon City
  • San Juan City
  • Taguig City
  • Valenzuela City
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) Baguio City
  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Ilocos Region(Region I) San Fernando City
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Cagayan Valley(Region II) Tuguegarao City
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Central Luzon(Region III) San Fernando City
  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: CALABARZON(Region IV-A) Calamba City
  • Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: MIMARO(Region IV-B) Calapan City
  • Marinduque
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Bicol Region(Region V) Legazpi City
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate
  • Sorsogon

Visayas

Map Region

(short name)

Regional center Provinces
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  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Central Visayas(Region VII) Cebu City
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Eastern Visayas(Region VIII) Tacloban City
  • Biliran
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Southern Leyte

Mindanao

Map Region

(short name)

Regional center Provinces
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Zamboanga Peninsula(Region IX) Pagadian City
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Northern Mindanao(Region X) Cagayan de Oro
  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Davao Region(Region XI) Davao City
  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: SOCCSKSARGEN(Region XII) Koronadal City
  • Cotabato
  • Sarangani
  • South Cotabato
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • General Santos City
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Caraga(Region XIII) Butuan City
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
Error creating thumbnail: File seems to be missing: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao(ARMM) Cotabato City
  • Basilan
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Maguindanao
  • Shariff Kabunsuan
  • Sulu
  • Tawi-Tawi

History

Regions first came to existence in on September 24, 1972 when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Since that time, other regions have been created and some provinces have been transferred from one region to another.

  • July 7, 1975 - Region XII created and minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions.
  • August 21, 1975 - Region IX divided into Sub-Region IX-A' and Sub-Region IX-B. Minor reorganisation of some Mindanao regions.
  • November 7, 1975 - National Capital Region created.
  • August 1, 1989 - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao created.
  • October 23, 1989 - Cordillera Administrative Region created.
  • October 12, 1990 - Executive Order issued to reorganise the Mindanao regions but the reorganisation never happened (possibly due to lack of government funds).
  • February 23, 1995 - Region XIII (Caraga) created and minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions.
  • 1997 - Minor reorganisation of some Mindanao regions.
  • September 19, 2001 - Most Mindanao regions reorganized and some renamed.
  • May 17, 2002 - Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMARO) created from the former Region IV (Southern Tagalog) region.
  • May 23, 2005 - Palawan transferred from MIMAROPA to Western Visayas; MIMAROPA renamed to MIMARO.
  • August 19, 2005 - Palawan - The E.O. 429 of May 23, 2005 transferring Palawan from MIMAROPA to Western Visayas was later held in abeyance by Administrative Order #129.

Defunct regions

  • Southern Tagalog (Region IV)
  • Western Mindanao (now Zamboanga Peninsula, still designated as Region IX)
  • Central Mindanao (now SOCCSKSARGEN, still designated as Region XII)
  • Southern Mindanao (now Davao, still designated as Region X)

References

  • National Statistical Coordination Board
  • Philippines-Archipelago (Political Map)
  • National Statistics Office
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Provinces Abra | Agusan del Norte | Agusan del Sur | Aklan | Albay | Antique | Apayao | Aurora | Basilan | Bataan | Batanes | Batangas | Benguet | Biliran | Bohol | Bukidnon | Bulacan | Cagayan | Camarines Norte | Camarines Sur | Camiguin | Capiz | Catanduanes | Cavite | Cebu | Compostela Valley | Cotabato | Davao del Norte | Davao del Sur | Davao Oriental | Dinagat Islands | Eastern Samar | Guimaras | Ifugao | Ilocos Norte | Ilocos Sur | Iloilo | Isabela | Kalinga | La Union | Laguna | Lanao del Norte | Lanao del Sur | Leyte | Maguindanao | Marinduque | Masbate | Misamis Occidental | Misamis Oriental | Mountain Province | Negros Occidental | Negros Oriental | Northern Samar | Nueva Ecija | Nueva Vizcaya | Occidental Mindoro | Oriental Mindoro | Palawan | Pampanga | Pangasinan | Quezon | Quirino | Rizal | Romblon | Samar | Sarangani | Shariff Kabunsuan | Siquijor | Sorsogon | South Cotabato | Southern Leyte | Sultan Kudarat | Sulu | Surigao del Norte | Surigao del Sur | Tarlac | Tawi-Tawi | Zambales | Zamboanga del Norte | Zamboanga del Sur | Zamboanga Sibugay
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