Regions of the Philippines

In the Philippines, regions (Filipino: rehiyon; ISO 3166-2:PH) are administrative divisions that primarily serve to coordinate planning and organize national government services across multiple local government units (LGUs). Most national government offices provide services through their regional branches instead of having direct provincial or city offices. Regional offices are usually but not necessarily located in the city designated as the regional center.

Regions of the Philippines
Administrative Map of the Philippines
Number17 (as of 2019)
Possible status
PopulationsSmallest: 1,791,121 (CAR)
Largest: 16,139,770 (Calabarzon)
AreasSmallest: 619.57 km2 (239.22 sq mi) (NCR)
Largest: 29,620.90 km2 (11,436.69 sq mi) (Mimaropa)
  • Regional development council
    Metropolitan authority
    Autonomous regional government

As of 2019, the Philippines is divided into 17 regions. 16 of these are mere administrative groupings, each provided by the president of the Philippines with a regional development council (RDC) – in the case of the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), an additional metropolitan authority serves as the coordinating and policy-making body. Only one, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, has an elected government and parliament to which the Congress of the Philippines has delegated certain powers and responsibilities.

History edit

Regions first came to existence on September 24, 1972, when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into eleven regions under Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.[1] Since that time, other regions have been created and some provinces have been transferred from one region to another.

Timeline edit

  • June 22, 1973 – Pangasinan is transferred from Central Luzon (Region III) to the Ilocos Region (Region I).[2]
  • July 7, 1975 – Region XII is created, and some regions of Mindanao are reorganized.[3]
  • July 25, 1975 – Regions IX and XII are declared as Autonomous Regions in Western and Central Mindanao, respectively.[4]
  • August 21, 1975 – Region IX is divided into Sub-Region IX-A and Sub-Region IX-B. Some regions in Mindanao are reorganized.[5]
  • November 7, 1975 – Metro Manila is created.[6]
  • January 23, 1976 – Metro Manila is separated from Southern Tagalog to become Region IV; Southern Tagalog becomes Region IV-A.[7]
  • June 2, 1978 – Metro Manila is declared the National Capital Region.[8]
  • June 11, 1978 – The regional center of Region IX is transferred from Jolo, Sulu, to Zamboanga City.[9]
  • July 15, 1987 – The Cordillera Administrative Region is created.[10]
  • August 1, 1989 – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is created.[11] Region XII reverted to an administrative region.
  • January 30, 1990 – Residents reject in a plebiscite the ratification to create the Cordillera Autonomous Region.[12]
  • October 12, 1990 – Executive Order No. 429 is issued by President Corazon Aquino to reorganize the Mindanao regions, but the reorganization never happened (possibly due to lack of government funds).[13]
  • February 23, 1995 – Region XIII (Caraga) is created and minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions; Sultan Kudarat is transferred to Region XII.[14]
  • 1997 – Minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions.
  • March 7, 1998 – Residents reject in a plebiscite the ratification to create the Cordillera Autonomous Region.[15]
  • December 18, 1998 – Sultan Kudarat is reverted to Region XII.[16]
  • March 31, 2001 – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is expanded.[17]
  • September 19, 2001 – Most Mindanao regions are reorganized and some are renamed.[18]
  • May 17, 2002 – Region IV-A (Calabarzon) and Region IV-B (Mimaropa) are created from the former Region IV (Southern Tagalog) region; Aurora is transferred to Region III.[19]
  • May 23, 2005 – Palawan is transferred from Region IV-B to Region VI; Mimaropa is renamed to Mimaro.[20]
  • August 19, 2005 – The transfer of Palawan to Region VI is held in abeyance.[21]
  • May 29, 2015 – The Negros Island Region (NIR) is created.[22]
  • July 17, 2016 – Republic Act No. 10879 establishes the Southwestern Tagalog Region (Mimaropa Region) from the former Region IV-B (in effect merely a renaming and discontinuation of the "Region IV-B" designation since no boundary changes were involved).[23]
  • August 9, 2017 – Executive Order No. 38 is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, abolishing the Negros Island Region.[24]
  • January 25, 2019 – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is created, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) after Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law is "deemed ratified" on January 25, 2019, following the January 21 plebiscite.[25][26][27]

List of regions edit

As of June 30, 2019, the Philippines is divided into 17 regions.[28] The traditional island groups of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao are composed of eight (Regions I, II, III, IV-A, and V, and CAR, NCR, and Mimaropa), three (VI, VII, and VIII), and six (IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and BARMM) regions, respectively. The names of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Soccsksargen are acronyms signifying their component provinces and cities; and are usually capitalized in official government documents.

Types of regions edit

Administrative region edit

An administrative region is a grouping of geographically adjacent LGUs that may be established, disestablished, and modified by the President of the Philippines based on the need to formulate coherent economic development policies, more efficiently provide national government services, and coordinate activities beneficial to the development of larger area beyond the province level. No plebiscites have been conducted so far to democratically confirm the creation, abolition or alteration of the boundaries of regular administrative regions, as the Constitution does not mandate it.[29]

An administrative region is not a local government unit (LGU), but rather a group of LGUs to which the President[30] has provided an unelected policy-making and coordinating structure, called the Regional Development Council (RDC).[31] Metro Manila is recognized in law as a "special development and administrative region", and was thus given the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA);[32] the Metro Manila Council within the MMDA serves as the National Capital Region's RDC.[31]

Autonomous region edit

The 1987 Constitution allows for the creation of autonomous regions in the Cordillera Central of Luzon and the Muslim-majority areas of Mindanao.[29] However, only the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its predecessor, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, have been approved by voters in plebiscites held in 1989, 2001, and 2019. Voters in the Cordilleras rejected autonomy in 1990 and 1998; hence the Cordillera Administrative Region remains as a regular administrative region with no delegated powers or responsibilities.

The Supreme Court has ruled that an autonomous region established by statute must be composed of more than one province, thereby invalidating the proposed establishment of the Autonomous Region of Ifugao following the results of the original 1990 Cordillera autonomy plebiscite, which saw only Ifugao's voters casting a majority 'yes' vote towards autonomy.[33]

Table of regions edit

  • Component local government units: the data column is limited to primary LGUs, which pertains to component provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities, as well as the independent municipality of Pateros. All city names, except those under the National Capital Region, are italicized.
  • Location: the location map column can be sorted from north-to-south, west-to-east.
Location Region
(regional designation)
PSGC[34] Island
Component local
government units
Area[a] Population
  National Capital Region
13 Luzon Manila 619.57 km2
(239.22 sq mi)
20,784/km2 (53,831/sq mi)
  Cordillera Administrative Region
14 Luzon Baguio 19,422.03 km2
(7,498.89 sq mi)
89/km2 (230/sq mi)
  Ilocos Region
(Region I)
01 Luzon San Fernando 13,012.60 km2
(5,024.19 sq mi)
386/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
  Cagayan Valley
(Region II)
02 Luzon Tuguegarao 28,228.83 km2
(10,899.21 sq mi)
122/km2 (317/sq mi)
  Central Luzon
(Region III)
03 Luzon San Fernando 22,014.63 km2
(8,499.90 sq mi)
510/km2 (1,320/sq mi)
(Region IV-A)
04 Luzon Calamba 16,873.31 km2
(6,514.82 sq mi)
854/km2 (2,213/sq mi)
  Southwestern Tagalog Region
17 Luzon Calapan 29,620.90 km2
(11,436.69 sq mi)
100/km2 (259/sq mi)
  Bicol Region
(Region V)
05 Luzon Legazpi 18,155.82 km2
(7,010.00 sq mi)
319/km2 (827/sq mi)
  Western Visayas
(Region VI)
06 Visayas Iloilo City 20,794.18 km2
(8,028.68 sq mi)
362/km2 (939/sq mi)
  Central Visayas
(Region VII)
07 Visayas Cebu City 15,487.69 km2
(5,979.83 sq mi)
478/km2 (1,237/sq mi)
  Eastern Visayas
(Region VIII)
08 Visayas Tacloban 23,251.10 km2
(8,977.30 sq mi)
191/km2 (495/sq mi)
  Zamboanga Peninsula
(Region IX)
09 Mindanao Pagadian 17,056.73 km2
(6,585.64 sq mi)
213/km2 (551/sq mi)
  Northern Mindanao
(Region X)
10 Mindanao Cagayan de Oro 20,496.02 km2
(7,913.56 sq mi)
229/km2 (593/sq mi)
  Davao Region
(Region XI)
11 Mindanao Davao City 20,357.42 km2
(7,860.04 sq mi)
245/km2 (634/sq mi)
(Region XII)
12 Mindanao Koronadal 22,513.30 km2
(8,692.43 sq mi)
202/km2 (523/sq mi)
(Region XIII)
16 Mindanao Butuan 21,478.35 km2
(8,292.84 sq mi)
121/km2 (313/sq mi)
19 Mindanao Cotabato City 12,535.79 km2
(4,840.10 sq mi)
302/km2 (781/sq mi)
  1. ^ Land area figures are the sum of each region's component provinces and independent cities, derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board (Philippine Statistics Authority) official website. For the BARMM, land area is derived from the Bangsamoro Development Plan Integrative Report.[35][36][37]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q A highly urbanized city, independent from any province.
  3. ^ a b c d e An independent component city, not under the jurisdiction of any provincial government.
  4. ^ Formerly designated as Region IV-B until 2016.
  5. ^ A component city, part of the province of Basilan, but whose regional services are provided by the offices of Region IX.
  6. ^ a b The province of Cotabato, which is part of the Soccsksargen region, has 63 of its barangays included in the BARMM.
  7. ^ Following the Bangsamoro autonomy plebiscite and the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was superseded by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in February 2019, which transferred the provinces and cities already in the ARMM, as well as surrounding communities that voted for inclusion.

Judicial regions edit

As far as the judiciary is concerned, specifically the first and second level courts, the country is divided into judicial regions as provided by Batas Pambansa Bilang 129. The coverage of these judicial regions generally coincides with that of the administrative regions in 1980, with some exceptions.

Legislative districts edit

Representation for the Interim Batasang Pambansa was mostly through parliamentary districts based on how regions were organized in 1978. Metro Manila was "Region IV", while Southern Tagalog was "Region IV-A". This was the only time the national legislature was represented via regions; in a 1984 plebiscite, voters approved a constitutional amendment that reverted to representation per province and city.

Proposed regions edit

Defunct regions edit

The following are regions that no longer exist, listed along with their current status:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Integrated Reorganization Plan: Reorganization of the Executive Branch of the National Government. Presidential Commission on Reorganization. 1972. pp. 12–13.
  2. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 224". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 742; Restructuring the Regional Organization of Mindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi". The Lawphil Project. July 7, 1975. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1618; Implementing the Organization of the Sangguniang Pampook and the Lupong Tagapagpaganap ng Pook in Region IX and Region XII and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. July 25, 1975. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 773; Amending Presidential Decree No. 742 Restructuring the Regional Organization of Mindanao and Dividing Region IX into Two Sub-regions". The Lawphil Project. August 21, 1975. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 824; Creating the Metropolitan Manila and the Metropolitan Manila Commission and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. November 7, 1975. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 879 – Dividing Region No. 4 of the Administrative Field Organization of the Various Departments and Agencies of the Government Into Region No. 4 and 4-A". Supreme Court E-Library. President of the Philippines. January 23, 1976. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  8. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1396, s. 1978; Creating the Department of Human Settlements and the Human Settlement Development Corporation, Appropriation Funds Therefor, and Accordingly Amending Certain Presidential Decrees". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. June 2, 1978. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1555: Further Amending Presidential Decree No. 742 as amended by Presidential Decree No. 773 transferring the regional center of Region IX from Jolo to Zamboanga City". The LawPhil Project. June 11, 1978. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "Executive Order No. 220; Creating a Cordillera Administrative Region, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. July 15, 1987. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "Republic Act No. 6734; An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". The Lawphil Project. August 1, 1989. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Republic Act No. 6766; An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Cordillera Autonomous Region". The Lawphil Project. October 23, 1989. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Executive Order No. 429 s. 1990; Providing for the Reorganization of the Administrative Regions in Mindanao, and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. October 12, 1990. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Republic Act No. 7901; An Act Creating Region XIII to be Known as the Caraga Administrative Region, and for Other Purposes". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. February 23, 1995. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Republic Act No. 8438; An Act to Establish the Cordillera Autonomous Region". The Lawphil Project. December 22, 1997. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  16. ^ "Republic Act No. 8744; An Act Repealing Section 3 of Republic Act No 7901 and to Return the Province of Sultan Kudarat to Region XII and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. December 18, 1998. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "Republic Act No. 9054; An Act to Strengthen and Expand the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 6734, Entitled "An Act Providing for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao," as Amended". The Lawphil Project. March 31, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  18. ^ "Executive Order No. 36;Providing for the Reorganization of the Administrative Regions in Mindanao and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. September 19, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Executive Order No. 103; Dividing Region IV into Region IV-A and Region IV-B, Transferring the Province of Aurora to Region III and for Other Purposes". The Lawphil Project. May 17, 2002. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  20. ^ "Executive Order No. 429; Providing for the Reorganization of Administrative Region VI to Include the Province of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City". The Lawphil Project. May 23, 2005. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  21. ^ "Administrative Order No. 129; Directing the Department of the Interior and Local Government to Hold in Abeyance the Implementation of Executive Order No. 429 (s. 2005) Pending Its Submission of an Implementation Plan and Its Subsequent Approval By the Office of the President". Philippine Statistics Authority. August 19, 2005. Archived from the original on February 19, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  22. ^ "Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015; Creating a Negros Island Region and for Other Purposes". Official Gazette (Philippines). May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  23. ^ "An Act establishing the Southwestern Tagalog Region, to be known as the MIMAROPA Region". July 17, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  24. ^ "BREAKING: President Rodrigo Duterte issues E.O. 38, which revokes the creation of Negros Island Region". CNN Philippines. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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  30. ^ Fidel V. Ramos (April 12, 1996). "Executive Order No. 325, Series of 1996". The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  31. ^ a b "FAQs – The Regional Development Council" (PDF). National Economic and Development Authority. November 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
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  33. ^ "G.R. No. 93054. December 4, 1990. Cordillera Regional Assembly Member Alexander P. Ordillo, (Banaue), Ifugao Provincial Board Member Corazon Montinig, (Mayoyao), Former Vice Mayor Martin Udan (Banaue), Municipal Councilors Martin Gano, (Lagawe), and Teodoro Hewe, (Hingyon), Barangay Councilman Pedro W. Dulag (Lamut); Aguinaldo Residents Sandy B. Changiwan, and Donato Timago; Lamut Resident Rey Antonio; Kiangan Residents Orlando Puguon, and Reynand Duldulao; Lagawe Residents Tomas Kimayong, Gregorio Dango, George B. Baywong, and Vicente Lunag; Hingyon Residents Pablo M. Dulnuan and Constancio Gano; Mayoyao Residents Pedro M. Baoang, Leonardo Igadna, and Maximo Igadna; and Banaue Residents Puma-a Culhi, Latayon Buttig, Miguel Pumelban, Andres Ordillo, Federico Mariano, Sandy Binomnga, Gabriel Limmang, Romeo Tongali, Ruben Bahatan, Mhomdy Gabriel, and Nadres Ghamang, Petitioners, V. The Commission on Elections; the Franklin M. Drilon, Secretary of Justice; Catalino Macaraig, Executive Secretary; the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development; Guillermo Carague, Secretary of Budget and Management; and Rosalina S. Cajucom, OIC, National Treasurer, Respondents". ChanRobles Law Library. December 4, 1990. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
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  36. ^ "PSGC Interactive; List of Cities". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
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  38. ^ "Household Population, Number of Households, and Average Household Size of the Philippines (2020 Census of Population and Housing)". Philippine Statistics Authority. May 24, 2022. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
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