Provinces of the Philippines

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Updates: 

"Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes, Edition 2" (GENC), a U.S. standard that's supposed to correspond to ISO 3166-2, was issued on 2014-03-31. It uses the same codes as ISO for all the provinces, except for Davao Occidental, which is evidently too new to have received a code yet. It gives Manila the code PH-MAN, but that's for the "highly urbanized city" Manila; it's not clear whether that is equivalent to the region of Metropolitan Manila, which is the same as National Capital Region. The GENC region codes are also the same as the corresponding ISO codes. (As a region, the ISO/GENC code for National Capital Region is PH-00.) GENC also has codes for "highly urbanized cities" and "independent component cities." For independent cities, the correspondence between GENC codes and ISO codes is haphazard at best.

I discovered that I hadn't made all of the changes that were prescribed by Newsletter II-2. As a result, I've had to change some ISO codes in the most recent table of regions.

Davao Occidental province split from Davao del Sur on 2013-10-28.

Update 12 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2013-06-30. It reconciles some name and code changes that were made incorrectly when the GEC document was recompiled. I have already noted the difficulty I had with discrepancies in earlier updates. I made three code changes in the main table to reflect this latest update. The update also changes the status of some of the independent cities. Some chartered cities have become highly urbanized cities; others have become independent component cities.

Update 11 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2013-04-30. It assigns a code to Sarangani province.

David Short sent me updates from the 2010 census, which I used to update the tables below. Among them, there were some changes to the PSGC region codes, compared to what I showed before. Those are also incorporated into the tables below.

There is a bill in the legislature (as of 2011-08-25) to split Nueva Camarines province from Camarines Sur. In early 2013, Mr. Short wrote that the bill for Nueva Camarines is tied up in the Senate.

Mr. Short has prepared a database called Phillipine Geographies, Areas and Codes (PGAC). It covers regions, provinces, municipalities, barangays, and other civil and ecclesiastical geographies. He distributes it in a .zip file (Download) that packs in two files: one for the data, the other for documentation. Last updated 2011-07-27.

The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued a document in 2010-04 titled "Geopolitical Entities and Codes" (GEC), intended to replace the discontinued federal standard FIPS 10-4. There have been two updates to this document that affect the Philippines: Update 8 (2012-05-01) and Update 10 (2012-12-31). There were some mistakes made along the way, but the codes have been straightened out.

Note that on this site, I don't attempt to maintain a list of chartered cities. I treat them as belonging to the province that surrounds them.

Newsletter II-2, an update to the ISO 3166-2 standard, is dated 2010-06-30. It assigns ISO codes to two somewhat-new regions. It also changes the spelling of Zamboanga-Sibugay and assigns the code DIN to Dinagat Islands.

Edward Jassen dela Peña sent me a pdf file containing the data for the 2007 Philippine census. I have incorporated the populations in the table below (after checking that they agree with data on the Philippines National Statistics Office site). A few points deserve mention.

  1. The pdf file contains a table of regions, provinces, and muncipalities, organized in outline form, so that you can tell which municipalities fall under which provinces, and which provinces under which regions. Fifteen independent cities are listed under the provinces with which they're associated, but their populations are split out. That is, the sum of the populations of all of the municipalities in the province is greater than the population reported for the province; if you omit the populations of one or more independent cities, the remaining populations add up as expected. To compensate for this anomaly, I added the populations of the excluded independent cities to their associated provinces.
  2. The excluded independent cities are a small subset of all independent cities in the Philippines. I don't know how they were chosen, although they tend to be the larger ones.
  3. Two other independent cities, Isabela and Cotabato, are listed at province level in the outline. The reason for this is probably that they are associated with provinces in ARMM, but they actually belong to other regions. In the tables below, the populations of these cities are included in the populations of Basilan and Maguindanao provinces, but regions 9 and 12, respectively. As a side effect, the populations of the provinces in regions 9, 12, and ARMM don't add up to the populations of those regions.
  4. Shariff Kabunsuan province is listed in the file, because it was thought to be a province at the time the census was taken. I have combined its population with Maguindanao's. (See change history for provinces, 2006-10-30.)
  5. Palawan province is listed under region 4-B, not 6 (this is consistent with information shown below under change history for regions, 2005).
  6. The total of all the province populations equals the total of all the region populations, but falls short of the population given for the Philippines as a whole. The NSO website explains the discrepancy as being due to territorial disputes within the Philippines, and the omission of members of the foreign service living abroad (source [2]).
  7. The file also lists population data for each entity as of 2000-05-01 and 1995-09-01. The provincial populations for 2000 match the ones I had previously listed for 71 provinces, and differ for 10 provinces. The largest difference is 18,989 people for Rizal province. I still display the original figures.

ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-2 was published on 2002-05-21. It shows one new region and six new provinces. They were all created between 1992-03-16 and 2001-02-23. There are also some minor spelling changes, and the code for one of the old regions is changed. The new ISO codes for provinces appear in the table below.

Country overview: 

Short namePHILIPPINES
ISO codePH
FIPS codeRP
LanguageEnglish (en), Pilipino
Time zone+8
CapitalManila

 

The United States acquired the Philippines from Spain by conquest and purchase in 1899. Rebels against Spain declared a Philippine Republic upon Spain's defeat. U.S. forces overcame the nationalists as well. The islands became an insular area of the United States. On 1934-03-24, this status was changed to commonwealth. The archipelago was invaded by Japan during World War II. After the war, the United States granted independence on 1946-07-04.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Filippinerne
  2. Dutch: Filipijnen, Republiek Filipijnen (formal)
  3. English: Republic of the Philippines (formal)
  4. Finnish: Filippiinit
  5. French: Philippines fp
  6. German: Philippinen fp
  7. Icelandic: Filippseyjar
  8. Italian: Filippine fp
  9. Norwegian: Filippinene, Republikken Filippinene (formal) (Bokmål), Filippinane, Republikken Filippinane (formal) (Nynorsk)
  10. Pilipino: Republika ng Pilipinas (formal)
  11. Portuguese: Filipinas, República f das Filipinas fp (formal)
  12. Russian: Республика Филиппины (formal)
  13. Spanish: Filipinas, República f de Filipinas (formal)
  14. Swedish: Filippinerna
  15. Turkish: Filipinler, Filipinler Cumhuriyeti (formal)

Origin of name: 

Named after King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598)

Primary subdivisions: 

The Philippines is divided into 80 provinces and one region.

ProvinceHASCISOFIPSPSGCRegPop-2010Pop-2000Area(km.²)Area(mi.²)Capital
Abra PH.ABABRRP011401CAR234,733209,4913,9761,535Bangued
Agusan del Norte PH.ANAGNRP02160213642,196552,8492,5901,000Butuan
Agusan del Sur PH.ASAGSRP03160313656,418559,2948,9663,462Prosperidad
Aklan PH.AKAKLRP0406046535,725451,3141,818702Kalibo
Albay PH.ALALBRP05050551,233,4321,090,9072,553986Legaspi
Antique PH.AQANTRP0606066546,031471,0882,522974San Jose (de Buenavista)
Apayao PH.APAPARPH61481CAR112,63697,1293,9281,517Kabugao
Aurora PH.AUAURRPG803773201,233173,7973,2401,251Baler
Basilan PH.BSBASRP221507ARMM391,179332,8281,372530Isabela
Bataan PH.BABANRP0703083687,482557,6591,373530Balanga
Batanes PH.BNBTNRP080209216,60416,46720981(Santo Domingo de) Basco
Batangas PH.BTBTGRP0904104-A2,377,3951,905,3483,1661,222Batangas
Benguet PH.BGBENRP101411CAR722,620582,5152,6551,025La Trinidad
Biliran PH.BIBILRPH908788161,760140,274555214Naval
Bohol PH.BOBOHRP11071271,255,1281,137,2684,1171,590Tagbilaran
Bukidnon PH.BKBUKRP121013101,299,1921,060,2658,2943,202Malaybalay
Bulacan PH.BUBULRP13031432,924,4332,234,0882,6251,014Malolos
Cagayan PH.CGCAGRP14021521,124,773993,5809,0033,476Tuguegarao
Camarines Norte PH.CNCANRP1505165542,915458,8402,113816Daet
Camarines Sur PH.CSCASRP16051751,822,3711,551,5495,2672,034Pili
Camiguin PH.CMCAMRP1710181083,80774,23223089Mambajao
Capiz PH.CPCAPRP1806196719,685654,1562,6331,017Roxas
Catanduanes PH.CTCATRP1905205246,300215,3561,512584Virac
Cavite PH.CVCAVRP2004214-A3,090,6912,063,1611,288497Trece Martires
Cebu PH.CBCEBRP21072274,167,3203,356,1375,0881,964Cebu
Compostela Valley PH.CLCOMRPI6118211687,195580,2444,6671,802Nabunturan
Cotabato PH.NCNCORP571247121,226,508958,6436,5662,535Kidapawan
Davao del Norte PH.DVDAVRPI7112311945,764743,8113,4631,337Tagum
Davao del Sur PH.DRDASRP251124112,317,9861,905,9176,3782,463Digos
Davao Occidental PH.DC11Malita
Davao Oriental PH.DODAORP26112511517,618446,1915,1651,994Mati
Dinagat Islands PH.DIDINRPI9168513126,803106,951802310San Jose
Eastern Samar PH.ESEASRP2308268428,877375,8224,3401,676Borongan
Guimaras PH.GUGUIRPJ306796162,943141,450604233Jordan
Ifugao PH.IFIFURP271427CAR191,078161,6232,518972Lagawe
Ilocos Norte PH.INILNRP2801281568,017514,2413,3991,312Laoag
Ilocos Sur PH.ISILSRP2901291658,587594,2062,580996Vigan
Iloilo PH.IIILIRP30063062,230,1951,925,0024,7201,822Iloilo
Isabela PH.IBISARP31023121,489,6451,287,57510,6654,118Ilagan
Kalinga PH.KAKALRPJ71432CAR201,613174,0233,1201,205Tabuk
Laguna PH.LGLAGRP3304344-A2,669,8471,965,8721,760680Santa Cruz
Lanao del Norte PH.LNLANRP34103510930,738758,1233,0921,194Tubod
Lanao del Sur PH.LSLASRP351536ARMM933,260800,1623,8731,495Marawi
La Union PH.LULUNRP3601331741,906657,9451,493576San Fernando
Leyte PH.LELEYRP37083781,789,1581,592,3365,7132,206Tacloban
Maguindanao PH.MGMAGRP561538ARMM1,216,504964,9515,0781,961Shariff Aguak (1)
Marinduque PH.MQMADRP3817404-B227,828217,392959370Boac
Masbate PH.MBMASRP3905415834,650707,6684,0481,563Masbate
Metropolitan ManilaPH.MMMNLRPD99900NCR11,855,9759,932,560636246Manila
Misamis Occidental PH.MDMSCRP42104210567,642486,7231,939749Oroquieta
Misamis Oriental PH.MNMSRRP431043101,415,9441,126,2153,5701,378Cagayan de Oro
Mountain PH.MTMOURP441444CAR154,187140,4392,097810Bontoc
Negros Occidental PH.NDNECRPH3064562,907,8592,565,7237,9263,060Bacolod
Negros Oriental PH.NRNERRP46074671,286,6661,126,0615,4022,086Dumaguete
Northern Samar PH.NSNSARP6708488589,013500,6393,4991,351Catarman
Nueva Ecija PH.NENUERP47034931,955,3731,659,8835,2842,040Palayan
Nueva Vizcaya PH.NVNUVRP4802502421,355366,9623,9041,507Bayombong
Occidental Mindoro PH.MCMDCRP4017514-B452,971380,2505,8802,270Mamburao
Oriental Mindoro PH.MRMDRRP4117524-B785,602681,8184,3651,685Calapan
Palawan PH.PLPLWRP4917534-B994,340755,41214,8965,751Puerto Princesa
Pampanga PH.PMPAMRP50035432,340,3551,882,7302,181842San Fernando
Pangasinan PH.PNPANRP51015512,779,8622,434,0865,3682,073Lingayen
Quezon PH.QZQUERPH204564-A1,987,0301,679,0308,7073,362Lucena
Quirino PH.QRQUIRP6802572176,786148,5753,0571,180Cabarroguis
Rizal PH.RIRIZRP5304584-A2,484,8401,707,2181,309505Pasig, MM
Romblon PH.ROROMRP5417594-B283,930264,3571,356524Romblon
Samar PH.SMWSARP5508608733,377641,1245,5912,159Catbalogan
Sarangani PH.SGSARRPM9128012498,904410,6222,9801,151Alabel
Siquijor PH.SQSIGRP690761791,06681,598344133Siquijor
Sorsogon PH.SRSORRP5805625740,743650,5352,141827Sorsogon
South Cotabato PH.SCSCORP701263121,365,2861,102,5504,4891,733Koronadal
Southern Leyte PH.SLSLERP5908648399,137360,1601,735670Maasin
Sultan Kudarat PH.SKSUKRP71126512747,087586,5054,7151,820Isulan
Sulu PH.SUSLURP601566ARMM718,290619,6681,600618Jolo
Surigao del Norte PH.STSUNRP61166713442,588374,4651,937748Surigao
Surigao del Sur PH.SSSURRP62166813561,219501,8084,5521,758Tandag
Tarlac PH.TRTARRP63036931,273,2401,068,7833,0531,179Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi PH.TTTAWRPO41570ARMM366,550322,3171,087420Bongao
Zambales PH.ZMZMBRP6403713755,621627,8023,7141,434Iba
Zamboanga del NortePH.ZNZANRP6509729957,997823,1306,6182,555Dipolog
Zamboanga del Sur PH.ZSZASRPP1097391,766,8141,437,9938,0523,109Pagadian
Zamboanga-Sibugay PH.ZYZSIRPP209839584,685497,257  Ipil
Totals92,335,11376,498,735300,080115,864
  • Province: except for Metropolitan Manila, which is a region.
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • FIPS: Codes from "Geopolitical Entities and Codes".
  • PSGC: The National Statistical Coordination Board has defined a Philippine Standard Geographic Code 
    (PSGC). First published in 1977, and frequently updated, it's a set of nine-digit codes uniquely identifying
    each administrative division of the Philippines. I have omitted trailing zeros from all codes. Regions have
    seven trailing zeros, provinces have five, chartered cities and municipalities have three, and barangays use
    all nine digits. Metropolitan Manila has the code for its region; its subdivisions are four districts (not
    provinces), and their codes have five trailing zeros. The codes are hierarchical: for example, the first four
    digits of a barangay code show what province the barangay is in.
  • Reg: Region code. Exceptions: Cotabato and Marawi chartered cities are in Central
    Mindanao region, but they also belong to Maguindanao province and Lanao del Sur province, respectively.
    Those provinces, excluding the chartered cities, are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
  • Pop-2010: 2010-05-01 census.
  • Pop-2000: 2000-05-01 census.
  • Capital: Note that the capitals of La Union and Pampanga are two different cities with the same name.
    Formal names include the parenthesized portions.

 

Note 1: I reported in "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries" that the capital of Maguindanao moved from Maganoy to Sultan Kudarat in ~1978. I stated on this page that it moved from Sultan Kudarat to Maganoy in ~1997. Both statements may have been true, but the underlying situation is more complicated. David Short informs me that when the governor of Maguindanao province is from the Upper Valley, the capital is Shariff Aguak (formerly known as Maganoy); when the governor is from the Lower Valley, Sultan Kudarat becomes the capital. For most purposes it should suffice to say that Shariff Aguak and Sultan Kudarat are co-capitals.

Note 2: This is the code for Manila, considered as a chartered city, that was given in the draft standard ISO/DIS 3166-2 (1996). ISO 3166-2 has not had a code on this level for the Metropolitan Manila region since the official standard came out in 1998.

Postal codes: 

The Philippines uses four-digit postal codes. The first two digits represent a province, district, or city.

Further subdivisions:

See the Municipalities of the Philippines page.

The Philippines have been divided into provinces since they were a Spanish colony, although there have been many changes in the division. Since 1972-09-24, the provinces have been grouped into regions. The regions have no government of their own, but are for administrative convenience. In addition, over the years, certain cities have been designated as chartered cities. Technically, the chartered cities are no longer part of the province within which they are located. Most of the provinces are further subdivided into numbered districts. There are also some sub-provinces, which generally split off and form separate provinces in due course. All provinces are subdivided into municipalities. The municipalities are similar in size to the chartered cities, but generally lower in population. Municipalities and chartered cities are subdivided into barangays. The divisions I have used are the provinces, each one combined with the chartered cities located within its limits, because it's easiest to get statistics or maps for those units.

For more about the regions, see the end of the Change history section, below.

International standard ISO 3166-2 was published on December 15, 1998. It superseded ISO/DIS 3166-2 (draft international standard), which came out in fall 1996. Both documents showed the Philippines divided into fifteen regions, which are further subdivided into 73 provinces. The draft standard showed, in addition, sixty-one chartered cities.

I believe that the divisions shown in "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries" were correct, and not the ISO standard. The book listed 78 provinces (including Metropolitan Manila) as the primary subdivisions of the Philippines. It listed sixteen regions, which are groupings of provinces. It listed sixty chartered cities. The chartered cities are technically distinct from the provinces, and have a province-like status. The book identified the chartered cities as sub-units of the provinces in which they're located, for several reasons. On maps and in statistical lists, they're usually grouped with their provinces. If they were kept as separate entities, that would have given the Philippines a total of 138 primary divisions, which is an excessive number to deal with. The chartered cities were dropped from the final version of the ISO standard, showing that ISO apparently agreed with this judgment. Also, consider how the chartered cities are handled by the PSGC. Their codes show them to be subordinate to provinces in the hierarchy.

There were 61 chartered cities in 1996. According to the National Statistical Coordination Board, there were 84 of them by 2000-06-31. On 2000-12-31 there were 96; on 2004-12-31, 117; and on 2008-06-30, 136. If chartered cities were treated as primary subdivisions of the Philippines, it would be a big maintenance chore to keep up with the new ones. (See source [5].) Since the draft ISO standard and the FIPS standard both had codes for sixty chartered cities, I present those sixty here for reference.

CityISOFIPSProvince
AngelesPH-ANGRPA1Pampanga
BacolodPH-BCDRPA2Negros Occidental
BagoPH-BGORPA3Negros Occidental
BaguioPH-BAGRPA4Benguet
BaisPH-BAIRPA5Negros Oriental
BasilanPH-BASRPA6Basilan
BatangasPH-BATRPA7Batangas
ButuanPH-BXURPA8Agusan del Norte
CabanatuanPH-CABRPA9Nueva Ecija
CadizPH-CADRPB1Negros Occidental
Cagayan de OroPH-CGYRPB2Misamis Oriental
CalbayogPH-CYPRPB3Samar
CaloocanPH-COORPB4Metropolitan Manila
CanlaonPH-CANRPB5Negros Oriental
CavitePH-CAVRPB6Cavite
CebuPH-CEBRPB7Cebu
CotabatoPH-CBORPB8Maguindanao
DagupanPH-DAGRPB9Pangasinan
DanaoPH-DANRPC1Cebu
DapitanPH-DAPRPC2Zamboanga del Norte
DavaoPH-DVORPC3Davao del Sur
DipologPH-DPLRPC4Zamboanga del Norte
DumaguetePH-DGTRPC5Negros Oriental
General SantosPH-GESRPC6South Cotabato
GingoogPH-GINRPC7Misamis Oriental
IliganPH-IGNRPC8Lanao del Norte
IloiloPH-ILORPC9Iloilo
IrigaPH-IRIRPD1Camarines Sur
La CarlotaPH-LCARPD2Negros Occidental
LaoagPH-LAORPD3Ilocos Norte
Lapu-LapuPH-LAPRPD4Cebu
LegaspiPH-LGPRPD5Albay
LipaPH-LIPRPD6Batangas
LucenaPH-LUCRPD7Quezon
MandauePH-MDERPD8Cebu
MarawiPH-MARRPE1Lanao del Sur
NagaPH-NAGRPE2Camarines Sur
OlongapoPH-OLORPE3Zambales
OrmocPH-OMCRPE4Leyte
OroquietaPH-ORORPE5Misamis Occidental
OzamisPH-OCZRPE6Misamis Occidental
PagadianPH-PAGRPE7Zamboanga del Sur
PalayanPH-PALRPE8Nueva Ecija
PasayPH-PASRPE9Metropolitan Manila
Puerto PrincesaPH-PPSRPF1Palawan
Quezon CityPH-QUERPF2Metropolitan Manila
RoxasPH-RXSRPF3Capiz
San CarlosPH-SCNRPF4Negros Occidental
San CarlosPH-SCPRPF5Pangasinan
San JosePH-SJIRPF6Nueva Ecija
San PabloPH-SPARPF7Laguna
SilayPH-SILRPF8Negros Occidental
SurigaoPH-SUGRPF9Surigao del Norte
TaclobanPH-TACRPG1Leyte
TagaytayPH-TGTRPG2Cavite
TagbilaranPH-TAGRPG3Bohol
TangubPH-TANRPG4Misamis Occidental
ToledoPH-TOLRPG5Cebu
Trece MartiresPH-TRMRPG6Cavite
ZamboangaPH-ZAMRPG7Zamboanga del Sur
  • ISO: Codes from ISO/DIS 3166-2 (superseded).
  • FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
  • Province: province in which the city is situated.

 

Aside from the omission of the chartered cities, there are a few other changes between the draft ISO standard and the final version.

In the draft standard, twelve regions are coded using Roman numerals I-XII, and three regions are just identified by name. In the final standard, each region has a two-digit numeric code, as shown in the table above. Caraga region is omitted from both versions.

Between the two documents, all the provinces and province codes remain the same, except that Samar (SAM) in the draft standard is replaced by Western Samar (WSA) in the final standard. In fact, the name of this province was changed from Western Samar to Samar in 1969, although the former name is sometimes used.

The assignment of provinces to regions has remained the same, except for one thing: all the provinces that were in Cordillera Administrative Region according to the draft standard have been put in Eastern Visayas region, leaving Cordillera empty - obviously a mistake.

Territorial extent: 

The Philippines claims part of the Spratly Islands, north of about 7.5° N. latitude in the South China Sea. The group as a whole has been given the FIPS 10-4 country code PG.

There is a single point in Mindanao where four provinces (Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Cotabato) meet.

As a rule, Philippine provinces are either part or all of a large island, along with some number of entire smaller nearby islands. In the following list, the large island is mentioned first. A slash (/) before its name indicates that the province only covers part of this island.

  1. Abra: /Luzon
  2. Agusan del Norte: /Mindanao
  3. Agusan del Sur: /Mindanao
  4. Aklan: /Panay, Borocay
  5. Albay: /Luzon, Batan, Cagraray, Rapu Rapu, San Miguel
  6. Antique: /Panay, Semirara Islands (Semirara, Sibay, Caluya), Batbatan, Maniquin, Seco
  7. Apayao: /Luzon
  8. Aurora: /Luzon
  9. Basilan: Basilan, Pilas Group, Tapiantana Group
  10. Bataan: /Luzon, Corregidor
  11. Batanes: Batan, Itbayat, Sabtang, Y'ami (northernmost point in Philippines)
  12. Batangas: /Luzon, Maricaban, Verde
  13. Benguet: /Luzon
  14. Biliran: Biliran, Maripipi
  15. Bohol: Bohol, Panglao, Lapinin, Mahanay
  16. Bukidnon: /Mindanao
  17. Bulacan: /Luzon
  18. Cagayan: /Luzon, Babuyan Islands (Camiguin, Calayan, Babuyan, Fuga, Dalupiri), Palaui
  19. Camarines Norte: /Luzon, Calagua Islands (Tinaga, Maculabo, Guintinua)
  20. Camarines Sur: /Luzon, Quinasalag, Lahuy, Butauanan
  21. Camiguin: Camiguin
  22. Capiz: /Panay, Olutayan
  23. Catanduanes: Catanduanes, Panay, Palumbanes, Parongpong, Calbagio
  24. Cavite: /Luzon
  25. Cebu: Cebu, Camotes Islands (Pacijan, Poro, Ponson), Bantayan, Mactan, Guintacan, Olango
  26. Compostela Valley: /Mindanao
  27. Cotabato: /Mindanao
  28. Davao del Norte: /Mindanao, Samal, Talikud
  29. Davao del Sur: /Mindanao, Sarangani Islands (Balut, Sarangani)
  30. Davao Oriental: /Mindanao
  31. Eastern Samar: /Samar, Homonhon, Hilaban, Manicani, Calicoan, Suluan
  32. Guimaras: Guimaras, Inampulugan
  33. Ifugao: /Luzon
  34. Ilocos Norte: /Luzon
  35. Ilocos Sur: /Luzon
  36. Iloilo: /Panay, Calagnaan, Tagubanhan, Sicogon, Pan de Azucar, Gigante Islands
  37. Isabela: /Luzon
  38. Kalinga: /Luzon
  39. La Union: /Luzon
  40. Laguna: /Luzon, Talim Island in Laguna de Bay (lake)
  41. Lanao del Norte: /Mindanao
  42. Lanao del Sur: /Mindanao
  43. Leyte: /Leyte
  44. Maguindanao: /Mindanao
  45. Marinduque: Marinduque, Mompog, Tres Reyes Islands
  46. Masbate: Masbate, Burias, Ticao, Naro, Jintotolo, Deagan
  47. Metropolitan Manila: /Luzon
  48. Mindoro Occidental: /Mindoro, Lubang Islands (Lubang, Ambil, Cabra, Golo), Ilin, Ambulong
  49. Mindoro Oriental: /Mindoro
  50. Misamis Occidental: /Mindanao
  51. Misamis Oriental: /Mindanao
  52. Mountain: /Luzon
  53. Negros Occidental: /Negros, Molocaboc
  54. Negros Oriental: /Negros
  55. Northern Samar: /Samar, Balicuatro Islands, Batag, Laoang, Capul, Dalupiri, Destacado, Cabaun
  56. Nueva Ecija: /Luzon
  57. Nueva Vizcaya: /Luzon
  58. Palawan: Palawan, Calamian Group (Busuanga, Culion, Coron, Calauit), Dumaran, Balabac, Linapacan, Bugsuk, Pandanan, Maytiguid, Batas, Boayan, Cuyo Islands (Cuyo, Agutaya, Canipo), Cagayan Islands (Cagayan, Calusa), Quiniluban Islands, San Miguel Islands, and the Philippines' claim to the Spratly Islands
  59. Pampanga: /Luzon
  60. Pangasinan: /Luzon, Cabarruyan, Santiago
  61. Quezon: /Luzon, Polillo Islands (Polillo, Patnanongan, Jomalig), Alabat, Cabalete, Pagbilao Grande
  62. Quirino: /Luzon
  63. Rizal: /Luzon
  64. Romblon: Tablas, Sibuyan, Romblon, Carabao, Banton, Maestre de Campo, Simara
  65. Samar: /Samar, Daram, Buad, Santo Niño, Almagro, Tagapula, Camandag, Libucan
  66. Sarangani: /Mindanao
  67. Siquijor: Siquijor
  68. Sorsogon: /Luzon
  69. South Cotabato: /Mindanao
  70. Southern Leyte: /Leyte, Panaon, Limasawa
  71. Sultan Kudarat: /Mindanao
  72. Sulu: Jolo Group (Jolo, Pata, Capual), Tapul Group (Siasi, Lugus, Tapul, Lapac), Pangutaran Group (Pangutaran, Kulassein, North Ubian), Samales Group (Tungkil, Balanguingui), Laparan
  73. Surigao del Norte: /Mindanao, Dinagat, Siargao, Bucas Grande, Nonoc, East Bucas, Hibuson, Poneas, Hikdop, Zaragosa, Sumilon, Basul, San Jose, Nasapilid
  74. Surigao del Sur: /Mindanao, General
  75. Tarlac: /Luzon
  76. Tawi-Tawi: Tawi Tawi, Sibutu Group (southernmost point in Philippines), Tandubatu, Sanga Sanga
  77. Zambales: /Luzon, Salvador
  78. Zamboanga del Norte: /Mindanao
  79. Zamboanga del Sur: /Mindanao
  80. Zamboanga-Sibugay: /Mindanao, Olutanga, Sacol, Great Santa Cruz, Malanipa, Lanhil, Sibago

Origins of names: 

Most place names in the Philippines are native words that were sometimes misapplied, and always corrupted in transmission from the natives to the Spanish explorers and colonists. There are also some Spanish names bestowed by the colonists, and a few that have been translated into English. Usually the compass points are identified as del Norte (Northern), del Sur (Southern), Occidental (Western), and Oriental (Eastern), but the nomenclature is not consistent.

  1. Agusan: Malay agasan: where the water flows, originally a river name
  2. Albay: from former name of its capital, Albaybay, which means "by the bay"
  3. Antique: from hantic-hantic, native name of a species of ant
  4. Aurora: named for Doña Maria Aurora Quezon, wife of President Manuel Quezon
  5. Basilan: = iron trail
  6. Bohol: named after Bool, a village on the island
  7. Bukidnon: natives were called bukidnon: mountain people
  8. Bulacan: native word bulaklakan, freely translated "many flowers," or from Tagalog bulak: cotton
  9. Cagayan: Ilocano carayan: big river, or catagayan: where the tagay trees grow
  10. Camarines: Spanish adaptation of a native place name Kamalig: granaries
  11. Camiguin: from kamagong, a tree in the ebony family
  12. Capiz: from kapid: twins, named by Spanish conquistadores when the local chief's wife had twins
  13. Caraga: Calagan, from Bisayan calag: soul, people + an: land
  14. Catanduanes: from catanduan: where the tando trees grow
  15. Cavite: Tagalog kawit: hook, after the shape of the city's peninsula
  16. Cotabato: Maguindanao kota wato: stone fort
  17. Davao: from Daba-o Daba-o: justice to the Bagobos, an epithet of ancient chieftain Datu Duli
  18. Ifugao: from pugo: hills
  19. Iloilo: from ilong-ilong: nose-shaped, referring to promontory between two rivers
  20. Isabela: named for Queen Isabela II of Spain
  21. Kalinga: Ibanag kalinga: headhunters
  22. Laguna: province contains part of Laguna de Bay (Spanish laguna: lake; Bay is a city name)
  23. La Union: = the union; province was formed by the union of towns from Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan
  24. Lanao: from ranao: lake, because of Lake Lanao
  25. Maguindanao: means "people of the flooded plains" (danao: flood)
  26. Manila: contraction of Maynilad, place of the nilad plant
  27. Masbate: supposedly, an explorer asked a local woman what the place was called. She thought he asked what she was doing, and replied, "Masa bati": mix and beat more
  28. Mindanao: native name for "that which has been flooded"
  29. Mindoro: Spanish mina de oro: gold mine
  30. Misamis: from kuyamis, a variety of coconut found there
  31. Mountain: Spanish la montañosa: the mountainous [province]
  32. Negros: Spanish negros: blacks, referring to Negrito natives
  33. Nueva Ecija: = New Ecija, named by Governor Cruzar after Ecija, Spain, where he was born
  34. Nueva Vizcaya: = New Biscay, named by Governor Luis Lardizabal after his home province in Spain
  35. Palawan: Chinese pa-lao-yu: "land of beautiful harbors"
  36. Pampanga: from pangpang: river banks; explorers found natives mostly living by rivers
  37. Panay: Spanish pan: bread + hay: there is ("there is bread")
  38. Pangasinan: = the place where salt is made
  39. Quezon: named for Manuel Quezon (1878-1944), President of the Philippine Commonwealth
  40. Quirino: named for President Elpidio Quirino (1890-1956)
  41. Rizal: named for independence hero Dr. José P. Rizal (1861-1896)
  42. Shariff Kabunsuan: named for 16th-century Muslim missionary Shariff Mohammed Kabunsuan (an ancestor of Sultan Kudarat)
  43. Siquijor: supposedly, an explorer asked a native for the name of the island. He replied quipjod: the tide is ebbing.
  44. Sorsogon: supposedly, an explorer asked a native where they were. He directed them to proceed upstream, saying the Bicol word solsogon: "follow the river upstream."
  45. Sultan Kudarat: named after Sultan Mohammed Dipatuan Kudarat, 17th-century ruler of Mindanao and Sulu
  46. Sulu: from sug: water current (inhabitants were good navigators)
  47. Surigao: said to be named for an inhabitant named Saliagao
  48. Tawi-Tawi: from Malay jaui-jaui: far away, referring to the trip from the Asian mainland
  49. Zambales: from Malay sambali: worshippers, samba: to worship; natives worshipped a spirit called Anitos
  50. Zamboanga: Malay jambangan: place of flowers
  51. Zamboanga-Sibugay: for the Sibuguey River

Change history: 

When the United States defeated Spain in 1898, the Philippine Islands were divided into four gobiernos (governments): Bisayas, Islas Adjacentes (present-day Palawan), Luzon, and Mindanao. These were further subdivided into provinces and districts. The American administration initially inherited the Spanish divisions, placing them under military government. As the rebels were pacified, civil government was established in the provinces, one by one.

This is the history of the division of the Philippines into provinces since 1900.

  1. 1901-06-11: Morong district (capital Tanay) merged with part of Manila province to form Rizal province.
  2. 1902: Mindoro province merged with Marinduque; Amburayan province split from La Union; Mindoro province, including Lubang Island, merged with Marinduque province; later, Marinduque province merged with Tayabas.
  3. 1903: Moro province formed, consisting of the districts of Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga. Its capital was Zamboanga.
  4. 1905: Name of Paragua province changed to Palawan, and capital moved from Cuyo to Puerto Princesa; Masbate province merged with Sorsogon.
  5. 1907: Romblon province merged with Capiz; split from it again in 1917.
  6. 1907-08-20: Agusan province split from Surigao.
  7. 1908: Abra province merged with Ilocos Sur; split from it again on 1917-03-09.
  8. 1908-08-13: Mountain province formed by merging Amburayan, Apayao, Benguet, Bontoc, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Lepanto province, which became its sub-provinces.
  9. 1909: Batanes province split from Cagayan.
  10. 1912: Capital of Nueva Ecija moved from San Isidro to Cabanatuan.
  11. ~1914: Capital of Bulacan moved from Bulacan to Malolos.
  12. 1916-08-29: Name and status of Moro province changed to Mindanao and Sulu department. Status of its districts (Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Misamis, Sulu, and Zamboanga) changed to provinces.
  13. 1917-03-10: Ambos Camarines province divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur provinces. (Spanish ambos: both. They had also been divided at various times in the 19th century, most recently 1857-1893.)
  14. 1920-02-21: Marinduque province split from Tayabas.
  15. 1920-12-15: Masbate province split from Sorsogon.
  16. 1921-02-20: Mindoro province split from Marinduque.
  17. 1925: Name of capital of Albay province changed from Albay to Legaspi (sometimes spelled Legazpi).
  18. 1929-11-02: Misamis province divided into Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental provinces (implemented 1939-11-28).
  19. 1934-03-24: Philippines became a commonwealth of the United States.
  20. 1945-09-26: Catanduanes province split from Albay.
  21. 1946: Romblon province merged with Capiz; split from it again on 1947-01-01.
  22. 1946-07-04: Philippines became independent.
  23. 1946-09-07: Name of Tayabas province changed to Quezon.
  24. 1948: Capital of country moved from Manila to Quezon City.
  25. ~1950: Name of capital of Capiz changed from Capiz to Roxas, in honor of President Manuel Roxas.
  26. 1950-06-13: Mindoro province (capital Calapan) split into Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental.
  27. 1952-06-06: Zamboanga province (capital Zamboanga) split into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.
  28. 1954: Capital of Cavite province moved from Cavite to Trece Martires.
  29. 1955-06-16: Capital of Camarines Sur province moved provisionally from Naga (formerly Nueva Caceres) to Pili; change made permanent ~1962.
  30. 1956: Name of capital of Lanao changed from Dansalan to Marawi.
  31. 1956-04-25: Aklan province split from Capiz (implemented 1956-11-08).
  32. 1959-05-22: Lanao province (capital Marawi) divided into Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur; Southern Leyte province split from Leyte.
  33. 1960-06-19: Surigao province (Surigao) divided into Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces.
  34. 1965-06-19: Samar province (capital Catbalogan) divided into Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Western Samar.
  35. 1966-06-18: South Cotabato province (capital Koronadal) split from Cotabato (capital Cotabato, moved to Pagalungan after the split); Benguet, Ifugao, and Kalinga-Apayao provinces split from Mountain; Camiguin province split from Misamis Oriental.
  36. 1967-05-08: Davao province (capital Davao) divided into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental provinces (implemented 1967-07-01).
  37. 1967-06-17: Agusan province divided into Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur provinces (implemented 1970-01-01).
  38. ~1968: Capital of Nueva Ecija moved from Cabanatuan to Palayan.
  39. 1969-06-21: Name of Western Samar province changed to Samar.
  40. 1971-09-10: Quirino province split from Nueva Vizcaya.
  41. 1972-01-08: Siquijor province split from Negros Oriental, following a referendum.
  42. 1972-06-17: Name of Davao del Norte province changed to Davao.
  43. 1973-09-11: Tawi-Tawi province split from Sulu.
  44. 1973-11-22: Cotabato province divided into Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
  45. 1973-12-27: Status of Basilan (formerly within Zamboanga del Sur province) changed from chartered city to province.
  46. 1975-11-08: Metropolitan Manila area split from Rizal province.
  47. 1976: Capital of country returned from Quezon City to Manila.
  48. 1979-08-13: Aurora province split from Quezon, following a referendum.
  49. 1982-06-24: Capital of Lanao del Norte moved from Iligan to Tubod.
  50. 1983-12-19: Name of North Cotabato province changed to Cotabato.
  51. 1986-01-03: Negros del Norte province (capital Cadiz) split from Negros Occidental, following a referendum. This action was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Negros Occidental reverted to its original status on 1986-08-18.
  52. 1992-03-16: Sarangani province split from South Cotabato.
  53. 1992-05-11: Biliran province split from Leyte, following a referendum; Guimaras province split from Iloilo, following a referendum.
  54. 1995-02-14: Kalinga-Apayao province split into Kalinga and Apayao provinces.
  55. ~1997: Capital of Tawi-Tawi province moved from Balimbing to Bongao. [This is a perplexing case. All of my printed sources agree that the capital of Tawi-Tawi is Balimbing or Bato-Bato, which is another name for the same place. Internet sources are nearly unanimous in naming Bongao as the capital. One of them explicitly states that Bongao was capital from the beginning.]
  56. 1998-03-07: Compostela Valley province split from Davao province. It consists of the municipalities of Nabunturan, Compostela, Laak (San Vicente), Mabini (Dona Alicia), Maco, Maragusan (San Mariano), Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan, and Pantukan. Name of Davao province changed back to Davao del Norte.
  57. 2001-02-23: Zamboanga-Sibugay province split from Zamboanga del Sur by a plebiscite. The new province is sometimes spelled Sibuguey, or other variants. Sibuguey was apparently the name of the whole area during the period of Muslim rule. Zamboanga-Sibugay consists of sixteen of the 44 municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur: Alicia, Buug, Diplahan, Imelda, Ipil, Kabasalan, Mabuhay, Malangas, Naga, Olutanga, Payao, Roseller T. Lim, Siay, Talusan, Titay, and Tungawan. Its capital is Ipil. According to the 2000 census figures, the population of old Zamboanga del Sur province includes 497,239 people in the municipalities which went to form Zamboanga-Sibugay; 1,437,941 people in the 28 municipalities which remained in Zamboanga del Sur province; and 70 people living in disputed areas, so that it wasn't definitely known which municipality they lived in. (In the main table, I arbitrarily divided these 70 people up in proportion to the known populations, coming to 18 in Zamboanga-Sibugay and 52 in Zamboanga del Sur.)
  58. 2006-10-30: Shariff Kabunsuan province split from Maguindanao (former HASC code PH.MG) by a referendum conducted on October 28 and 29. The new province consisted of 11 of the 29 municipalities of Maguindanao: Barira, Buldon, Datu Blah Sinsuat, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Kabuntalan, Matanog, Northern Kabuntalan, Parang, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, and Upi, constituting District 1 (out of 2) of the former Maguindanao province. Based on the 2000 population of those municipalities, the population of Shariff Kabunsuan would be 529,697. Its capital was Datu Odin Sinsuat. Its PSGC code was 1584, and I assigned it the HASC code PH.SF, simultaneously changing Maguindanao's code to PH.MA. This action was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Shariff Kabunsuan reverted to its original status on 2008-07-16.
  59. 2006-12-02: Dinagat Islands province formed by splitting Basilisa (Rizal), Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo (Albor), Loreto, San Jose (the capital), and Tubajon municipalities from Surigao del Norte. On 2010-02-11, the Supreme Court ruled that it had been formed in violation of the constitution. On 2011-03-30, the Court reversed itself. I have changed the listings in the main table back and forth, reflecting each new development as it occurred. Source [10], among others, confirms the latest change.
  60. 2013-10-28: Davao Occidental province split from Davao del Sur (former HASC code PH.DS) by plebiscite. The new province consists of Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Malita, Santa Maria, and Sarangani municipalities. Malita is its capital.

This is the history of the division of the Philippines into regions.

  1. 1972-09-24: The provinces were grouped into eleven regions under Integrated Reorganization Plan. The regions were Ilocos (I, San Fernando), Cagayan Valley (II, Tuguegarao), Central Luzon (III, San Fernando), Southern Tagalog (IV, Quezon), Bicol (V, Legazpi), Western Visayas (VI, Iloilo), Central Visayas (VII, Cebu), Eastern Visayas (VIII, Tacloban), Western Mindanao (IX, Jolo), Northern Mindanao (X, Cagayan de Oro), and Southern Mindanao (XI, Davao). In parentheses are the region numbers, and the regional centers, or capitals. (Presidential Decree No. 1)
  2. 1975-07-07: Zamboanga del Norte province moved from Western Mindanao region to Northern Mindanao. Surigao del Sur province moved from Northern Mindanao region to Southern Mindanao. Central Mindanao region (XII, Cotabato) created by taking Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces from Northern Mindanao region and Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces from Southern Mindanao region. (Presidential Decree No. 742)
  3. 1975-08-21: Zamboanga del Norte moved back from Northern Mindanao region to Western Mindanao. Two sub-regions created within Western Mindanao region. (Presidential Decree No. 773)
  4. 1976-01-23: Metropolitan Manila region (IV, Manila) created, consisting of the newly formed Metropolitan Manila province-level area. At the same time, Southern Tagalog region was renumbered IV-A. (Presidential Decree No. 879). Later, Metropolitan Manila region was renamed National Capital Region and designated NCR in place of a number, while Southern Tagalog became IV once more.
  5. 1978-06-11: Center of Western Mindanao moved from Jolo to Zamboanga. (Presidential Decree No. 1555)
  6. 1979-07-25: Status of Central Mindanao and Western Mindanao regions changed to autonomous regions. (Presidential Decree No. 1618)
  7. 1989-08-01: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) created by taking Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao provinces from Western Mindanao region and Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces from Central Mindanao, following a referendum. However, the chartered cities of Cotabato and Marawi, although they lie within Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, respectively, voted not to become part of ARMM, and so remained in Central Mindanao region. Autonomous status of Central Mindanao and Western Mindanao regions was rescinded. (Republic Act No. 6734)
  8. 1989-10-23: Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR, Baguio) created by taking Abra, Benguet, and Mountain provinces from Ilocos region and Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao provinces from Cagayan Valley. It was intended to become Cordillera Autonomous Region, but that move required a favorable vote by the inhabitants, which has not yet been obtained. (Republic Act No. 6766)
  9. 1995-02-23: Caraga region (XIII, Butuan) created by taking Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Norte provinces from Northern Mindanao region and Surigao del Sur province from Southern Mindanao. Sultan Kudarat province moved from Central Mindanao region to Southern Mindanao. (Republic Act No. 7901.) These were the regions at that time:
RegionRegISOPSGCPopulationArea(km.²)Center
Autonomous Region in Muslim MindanaoARMM14972,020,90311,638Sultan Kudarat
Bicol Region505054,325,30714,544Legaspi
Cagayan Valley202022,536,03526,838Tuguegarao
Caraga13131,942,68718,847Butuan
Central Luzon303036,932,57018,231San Fernando
Central Mindanao1212122,359,80814,373Cotabato
Central Visayas707075,014,58814,951Cebu
Cordillera Administrative RegionCAR13981,254,83818,294Baguio
Eastern Visayas808083,366,91721,433Tacloban
Ilocos Region101013,803,89012,840San Fernando
National Capital RegionNCR00999,454,0404,048Manila
Northern Mindanao1010102,483,27214,033Cagayan de Oro
Southern Mindanao1111114,604,15827,141Davao
Southern Tagalog404049,940,72246,601Quezon City
Western Mindanao909092,794,65916,042Zamboanga
Western Visayas606065,776,93820,223Iloilo
16 regions68,616,536300,077 
  • Reg: region number or abbreviation
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • PSGC: See explanation above.
  • Population: 1995-09-01 census
  1. 1997: Sultan Kudarat province moved from Southern Mindanao region to Central Mindanao region, reversing the change of 1995-02-23.
  2. 2001-09-19: Basilan province moved from Western Mindanao region to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, except for Isabela city, which remained in Western Mindanao. Lanao del Norte province and Marawi chartered city moved from Central Mindanao region to Northern Mindanao. Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces moved from Southern Mindanao region to Central Mindanao. Central Mindanao region renamed to SOCCSKSARGEN, an acronym for SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and SARangani provinces and GENeral santos chartered city. Southern Mindanao region renamed to Davao Region. Western Mindanao region renamed to Zamboanga Peninsula. (Executive Order No. 36)
  3. 2002-05-17: Aurora province moved from Southern Tagalog region to Central Luzon. The remainder of Southern Tagalog region split into CALABARZON (IV-A, no center designated) and MIMAROPA (IV-B, Quezon City). The names of the new regions are acronyms for the provinces they contain (CAvite, LAguna, BAtangas, Rizal, queZON; MIndoro, MArinduque, ROmblon, PAlawan). (Source [4]).
  4. 2002-05-21: ISO 3166-2 code for Cordillera Administrative Region changed from 13 to 15. Caraga received code 13.
  5. 2003-10-28: Calamba was designated as the regional center of CALABARZON. (Executive Order No. 246)
  6. 2004-03-30: Center of Soccsksargen region moved from Cotabato to Koronadal. (Executive Order No. 304)
  7. 2004-11-12: Center of Zamboanga Peninsula moved from Zamboanga to Pagadian. (Executive Order No. 429)
  8. 2005-05-23: Palawan province moved from MIMAROPA region to Western Visayas. (Executive Order No. 429)
  9. 2005-08-19: Transfer of Palawan suspended, pending further preparation. Therefore, Palawan is still effectively part of region IV-B. (Administrative Order No. 129)
  10. ~2005: Some PSGC region codes changed. The new list doesn't show a code for Metropolitan Manila. I'm assuming that its code is unchanged.
  11. 2010-06-30: ISO 3166-2 standard update assigned separate ISO codes to CALABARZON and MIMAROPA, formerly both coded 40.
  12. 2010-06-30: ISO 3166-2 code for several regions changed. Now the list of regions looked like this.
RegionRegISOPSGCPop-2010Pop-2000Area(km.²)Capital
Autonomous Region in Muslim MindanaoARMM14153,256,1402,412,15911,638Sultan Kudarat
Bicol Region505055,420,4114,674,85514,544Legaspi
Cagayan Valley202023,229,1632,813,15926,838Tuguegarao
CALABARZON4-A400412,609,8039,320,62916,230Calamba
Caraga1313162,429,2242,095,36718,847Butuan
Central Luzon3030310,137,7378,204,74221,471San Fernando
Central Visayas707076,800,1805,701,06414,951Cebu
Cordillera Administrative RegionCAR15141,616,8671,365,22018,294 
Davao Region1111114,468,5635,189,33527,141Davao
Eastern Visayas808084,101,3223,610,35521,433Tacloban
Ilocos Region101014,748,3724,200,47812,840San Fernando
MIMAROPA4-B41172,744,6712,299,22927,456Quezon City
National Capital RegionNCR009911,855,9759,932,5604,048Manila
Northern Mindanao1010104,297,3232,747,58514,033Cagayan de Oro
Soccsksargen1212124,109,5712,598,21014,373Koronadal
Western Visayas606067,102,4386,208,73320,223Iloilo
Zamboanga Peninsula909093,407,3533,091,20816,042Pagadian
17 regions92,335,11376,498,735300,077
  • Reg: Region number or abbreviation. Numbers are often displayed as Roman numerals.
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • PSGC: See explanation above.
  • Pop-2010: 2010-05-01 census.
  • Pop-2000: 2000-05-01 census.
  • Area: Areas for new regions calculated by adding the areas of their provinces, and do not agree with
    total.
  • Capitals: Note that the capitals of regions 1 and 3 are two different cities with the same name.

Other names of subdivisions: 

The names ending with Occidental and Oriental have variants with the words interchanged, such as Occidental Mindoro for Mindoro Occidental.

  1. Compostela Valley: Compostella Valley (variant)
  2. Cotabato: North Cotabato (obsolete)
  3. Davao del Norte: Davao (obsolete)
  4. Eastern Samar: Samar Oriental (variant)
  5. Manila: Manilha (Portuguese); Manille (French)
  6. Mountain: Mountain Province (variant)
  7. Nueva Vizcaya: Nueva Viscaya (variant)
  8. Samar: Western Samar (obsolete)
  9. Sulu: Jolo (obsolete)

Regions:

  1. SOCCSKSARGEN: Central Mindanao (variant)
  2. Davao Region: Southern Mindanao (obsolete)
  3. Zamboanga Peninsula: Western Mindanao (obsolete)

Sources: 

  1. [1] National Statistics Office  (NSO) website.
  2. [2] NSO  table (see footnotes; retrieved 2008-10-12).
  3. [3] Republic Act No. 9355  (retrieved 2007-05-13) authorized a referendum to be held on 2006-12-02 for the creation of Dinagat Islands province.
  4. [4] 2002 Factsheet 2, National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Website (retrieved 2002-11-18).
  5. [5] 2001 Factsheet 1 , 2001 Factsheet 6 , 2001 Factsheet 9 , 2002 Factsheet 1 , 2003 Factsheet 2 , 2004 Factsheet 1 , 2005 Factsheet 5 .
  6. [6] Philippine Standard Geographic Code  page on the NSCB website (retrieved 2001-06-10).
  7. [7] "1992 Philippine Statistical Yearbook". National Statistical Coordination Board, Manila, 1992.
  8. [8] NSO Index of Demographic Statistics  (retrieved 1997).
  9. [9] Planet Naga  site (retrieved 2008-01-31) has local news items.
  10. [10] GMA News Online  reported the Supreme Court's 2011 decision on Dinagat Islands (retrieved 2011-05-02).
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