Provinces of the Philippines

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The Provinces of the Philippines are the main political and administrative divisions of the Philippines. There are 80 provinces at present. The provinces are divided into cities and municipalities. The National Capital Region, as well as independent cities, are separate from any provincial government. Each province has a governor.

The provinces are grouped into seventeen regions based on geographical, cultural, and ethnological characteristics. Fourteen of these regions are designated with numbers corresponding to their geographic location in order from north to south. The National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao do not have numerical designations.

Each province is member to the League of Provinces of the Philippines, an organization which aims to address issues affecting provincial and metropolitan government administrations.[1]

List of provinces[change | edit source]

Province Capital Region Population
(2007)
Population
rank
Area
(km²)
Area
rank
Pop. density
(per km²)
Pop. density
rank
Abra Bangued CAR 230,953 67 4,198.20 33 55.01 76
Agusan del Norte[2] Cabadbaran[3] Region XIII 612,405 46 3,546.86 40 172.66 49
Agusan del Sur Prosperidad Region XIII 609,447 47 9,989.52 5 61.01 73
Aklan Kalibo Region VI 495,122 57 1,821.42 66 271.83 24
Albay Legazpi Region V 1,190,823 24 2,565.77 57 464.12 11
Antique San Jose de Buenavista Region VI 515,265 54 2,729.17 53 188.8 44
Apayao Kabugao[4] CAR 103,633 77 4,351.23 31 23.82 79
Aurora Baler Region III 187,802 69 3,147.32 47 59.67 74
Basilan Isabela ARMM[5] 496,505 56 2,217.13 59 223.94 37
Bataan Balanga Region III 662,153 43 1,372.98 72 482.27 9
Batanes Basco Region II 15,974 80 219.01 80 72.94 69
Batangas Batangas City Region IV-A 2,245,869 8 3,119.72 48 719.89 7
Benguet[6] La Trinidad CAR 674,459 42 2,826.59 50 238.61 35
Biliran Naval Region VIII 150,031 74 536.01 77 279.9 23
Bohol Tagbilaran Region VII 1,230,110 23 4,820.95 26 255.16 30
Bukidnon Malaybalay Region X 1,190,284 25 10,498.59 4 113.38 62
Bulacan Malolos Region III 2,826,936 4 2,774.85 51 1018.77 5
Cagayan Tuguegarao Region II 1,072,571 28 9,295.75 6 115.38 60
Camarines Norte Daet Region V 513,785 55 2,320.07 58 221.45 38
Camarines Sur[7] Pili Region V 1,693,821 15 5,465.26 19 309.93 20
Camiguin Mambajao Region X 81,293 79 237.95 79 341.64 16
Capiz Roxas Region VI 701,664 39 2,594.64 56 270.43 25
Catanduanes Virac Region V 232,757 66 1,492.16 71 155.99 51
Cavite Imus[8] Region IV-A 2,856,765 3 1,512.41 69 1888.88 2
Cebu[9] Cebu City[10] Region VII 3,848,730 1 5,331.07 22 724.66 6
Compostela Valley Nabunturan Region XI 637,366 44 4,479.77 28 142.28 54
Cotabato Kidapawan Region XII 1,121,974 27 9,008.90 7 124.54 58
Davao del Norte Tagum Region XI 847,440 32 3,426.97 44 247.29 32
Davao del Sur[11] Digos Region XI 2,185,743 10 6,667.06 12 327.84 18
Davao Oriental[12] Mati Region XI 486,104 58 5,670.07 18 85.73 68
Dinagat Islands San Jose Region XIII 120,813 76 1,036.34 74 116.58 59
Eastern Samar Borongan Region VIII 405,114 62 4,640.73 27 87.3 67
Guimaras Jordan Region VI 151,238 73 604.57 76 250.16 31
Ifugao Lagawe CAR 180,711 71 2,628.21 54 68.76 72
Ilocos Norte Laoag Region I 547,284 49 3,504.30 42 156.17 50
Ilocos Sur Vigan Region I 632,255 45 2,595.96 55 243.55 33
Iloilo[13] Iloilo City[10] Region VI 2,110,588 11 4,899.35 25 267.19 26
Isabela[14] Ilagan Region II 1,401,495 18 13,778.76 2 101.71 64
Kalinga Tabuk CAR 182,326 70 3,231.25 46 56.43 75
La Union San Fernando Region I 720,972 36 1,503.75 70 479.45 10
Laguna Santa Cruz Region IV-A 2,473,530 6 1,823.55 65 1356.44 3
Lanao del Norte[15] Tubod Region X 846,329 33 3,824.79 35 221.3 39
Lanao del Sur Marawi ARMM 1,138,544 26 12,051.85 3 94.47 65
Leyte[16] Tacloban[10] Region VIII 1,722,036 14 6,515.05 13 264.32 27
Maguindanao[17] Shariff Aguak ARMM 1,532,868 17 7,623.75 10 201.06 42
Marinduque Boac Region IV-B 229,636 68 952.58 75 241.07 34
Masbate Masbate City Region V 768,939 34 4,151.78 34 185.21 45
Misamis Occidental Oroquieta Region X 531,680 52 2,055.22 63 258.7 29
Misamis Oriental[18] Cagayan de Oro[10] Region X 1,302,851 19 3,515.70 41 370.58 14
Mountain Province Bontoc CAR 148,661 75 2,157.38 60 68.91 71
Negros Occidental[19] Bacolod[10] Region VI 2,869,766 2 7,965.21 9 360.29 15
Negros Oriental Dumaguete Region VII 1,231,904 22 5,385.53 21 228.74 36
Northern Samar Catarman Region VIII 549,759 48 3,692.93 37 148.87 53
Nueva Ecija Palayan[20] Region III 1,853,853 13 5,751.33 17 322.33 19
Nueva Vizcaya Bayombong Region II 397,837 63 4,378.80 30 90.86 66
Occidental Mindoro Mamburao Region IV-B 421,592 61 5,865.71 16 71.87 70
Oriental Mindoro Calapan Region IV-B 735,769 35 4,238.38 32 173.6 48
Palawan[21] Puerto Princesa[10] Region IV-B 892,660 30 17,030.75 1 52.41 77
Pampanga[22] San Fernando Region III 2,226,444 9 2,044.99 64 1088.73 4
Pangasinan[23] Lingayen Region I 2,645,395 5 5,451.08 20 485.3 8
Quezon[24] Lucena[10] Region IV-A 1,882,900 12 8,926.01 8 210.95 41
Quirino Cabarroguis Region II 163,610 72 3,486.16 43 46.93 78
Rizal[25] Antipolo[26] Region IV-A 2,284,046 7 1,175.76 73 1942.61 1
Romblon Romblon Region IV-B 279,774 65 1,533.45 68 182.45 46
Samar Catbalogan Region VIII 695,149 40 6,048.03 14 114.94 61
Sarangani Alabel Region XII 475,514 59 3,601.25 39 132.04 55
Siquijor Siquijor Region VII 87,695 78 337.49 78 259.84 28
Sorsogon Sorsogon City Region V 709,673 38 2,119.01 62 334.91 17
South Cotabato[27] Koronadal Region XII 1,296,797 20 4,428.81 29 292.81 21
Southern Leyte Maasin Region VIII 390,847 64 1,797.22 67 217.47 40
Sultan Kudarat Isulan Region XII 675,644 41 5,251.34 23 128.66 57
Sulu Jolo ARMM 849,670 31 2,135.25 61 397.93 13
Surigao del Norte Surigao Region XIII 409,468 59 1,972.9 64 207.55 37
Surigao del Sur[12] Tandag Region XIII 541,347 51 4,925.18 24 109.91 63
Tarlac Tarlac City Region III 1,243,449 21 2,736.64 52 454.37 12
Tawi-Tawi Bongao[28] ARMM 450,346 60 3,426.55 45 131.43 56
Zambales[29] Iba Region III 720,355 37 3,714.40 36 193.94 43
Zamboanga del Norte Dipolog Region IX 907,238 29 7,301.00 11 124.26 59
Zamboanga del Sur[30] Pagadian Region IX 1,688,685 16 5,914.16 15 285.53 22
Zamboanga Sibugay Ipil Region IX 546,186 50 3,607.75 38 151.39 52
Metro Manila[25] Manila (Regional center) NCR 11,553,427 -- 636 -- 18747.04 --

NOTES:

  • All population and land area figures include cities independent from provinces. In this table, they are counted as part of the province to which they are often grouped for statistical purposes, but in actuality they are first-level entities on their own right.
  • Metro Manila is included for comparison although it is not a province but an administrative region.
  • Land area figures taken from 2009 IRA computation factors.
  • Population figures taken from National Statistics Office.

References[change | edit source]

  1. About the League of Provinces, League of Provinces of the Philippines, http://www.lpp.gov.ph/facts/index.html, retrieved 2008-01-12
  2. Figures include the independent city of Butuan.
  3. Cabadbaran has been made the official capital of the province, as per Republic Act No. 8811. However, the seat of the provincial government is still in the process of being transferred from Butuan, where the provincial government still holds office.
  4. The province maintains another government center in Luna, where many national and provincial agencies now hold office. Philippine Information Agency - Apayao gov't center established in Luna
  5. The city of Isabela is served by the offices of Region IX.
  6. Figures include the independent city of Baguio.
  7. Figures include the independent city of Naga.
  8. The provincial government of Cavite makes it clear that Imus is the provincial capital, while the seat of the provincial government is Trece Martires City. Official Website of the Province of Cavite - Quick Facts Imus is capital of Cavite — Maliksi
  9. Figures include the independent cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Because the provincial government holds office within an independent city, in effect the province maintains the seat of its government outside its jurisdiction.
  11. Figures include the independent city of Davao.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Population figures for both Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur exclude the 4,555 persons residing in areas disputed between these provinces.
  13. Figures include the independent city of Iloilo.
  14. Figures include the independent city of Santiago.
  15. Figures include the independent city of Iligan.
  16. Figures include the independent cities of Ormoc and Tacloban.
  17. Figures include the independent city of Cotabato.
  18. Figures include the independent city of Cagayan de Oro.
  19. Figures include the independent city of Bacolod.
  20. The provincial government still uses and maintains facilities in the former capital, Cabanatuan.
  21. Figures include the independent city of Puerto Princesa.
  22. Figures include the independent city of Angeles.
  23. Figures include the independent city of Dagupan.
  24. Figures include the independent city of Lucena.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Population figures for both Metro Manila and Rizal Province exclude the 24,789 persons residing in areas disputed between the municipality of Cainta, Rizal and the city of Pasig in Metro Manila.
  26. The provincial government has already transferred its operations to Antipolo from Pasig, although no legislation on the national level has been enacted yet recognizing the new capital. Yehey! News - Board wants Antipolo officially named capital of Rizal
  27. Figures include the independent city of General Santos.
  28. The National Statistical Coordination Board recognizes both Bongao and Panglima Sugala as capitals of the province. However, the provincial capitol is located in Bongao, the de facto seat of government.
  29. Figures include the independent city of Olongapo.
  30. Figures include the independent city of Zamboanga.