Central Luzon

Coordinates: 15°28′N 120°45′E / 15.47°N 120.75°E / 15.47; 120.75
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Central Luzon
Region III
Baler Bay in Aurora
Sierra Madre in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija
Heritage District in Angeles, Pampanga
Mount Pinatubo in Botolan, Zambales
From top, upper-left to lower-right: Baler Bay, Sierra Madre, Angeles City, and Pinatubo Crater Lake
Rice Granary of the Philippines[1]
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°28′N 120°45′E / 15.47°N 120.75°E / 15.47; 120.75
Country Philippines
Island groupLuzon
Regional centerSan Fernando (Pampanga)[2]
Largest citySan Jose del Monte
 • Total22,014.63 km2 (8,499.90 sq mi)
Highest elevation2,037 m (6,683 ft)
 (2020 census)
 • Total12,422,172
 • Density560/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Human Development Index
 • HDI (2019)0.732[4]
high · 4th
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ISO 3166 codePH-03
Cong. districts20

Central Luzon (Filipino: Gitnáng Luzon; designated as Region III or Region 3), is central part of Luzon, The region has the largest plain in the country and produces most of the country's rice supply. Its provinces are Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.[5]

Overview[change | change source]

Central Luzon Region is north of Manila, the nation's capital. To the north are Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley. To the south are the National Capital Region, CALABARZON and Manila Bay. To the west is the South China Sea. To the east is the Philippine Sea.[6]

There are fourteen cities which include: Balanga in Bataan; Malolos, Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Angeles, Mabalacat and San Fernando in Pampanga; Tarlac in Tarlac; and Olongapo in Zambales. Central Luzon produces the most rice in the whole country. Excess rice is delivered and imported to other provinces of the Philippines.[7]

The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center.

Aurora was transferred from Region IV by Executive Order No. 103.[8]

Religion[change | change source]

In 2000, 86.9% of the population of Central Luzon was Roman Catholic.[9] Other religions include Iglesia Ni Cristo, Aglipayan, Evangelicals, United Methodist, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventist and United Church of Christ in the Philippines.[9] In addition there are smaller numbers of other religions.[9]

Political divisions[change | change source]

Political map of Central Luzon

Central Luzon has 7 provinces, 14 cities, 116 municipalities, and 3,102 barangays.[10]

Central Luzon has fourteen cities. San Jose del Monte is the city with the most population. Meycauayan is the most densely populated city in the region. Tarlac City is the largest based on land area.

References[change | change source]

  1. Edenhofer, Ottmar; Wallacher, Johannes; Lotze-Campen, Hermann; Reder, Michael; Knopf, Brigitte; Müller, Johannes (June 25, 2012). Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability: Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 206. ISBN 9789400745407.
  2. "DILG Region 3 - Regional Management". Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  3. "Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population (Region 3)". Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  4. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  5. "Central Luzon, Region III, Philippines". flagspot.net.
  6. "Region III, Central Luzon, Geographical Location". evis.net.ph.
  7. "REGION III (Central Luzon)". National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  8. "EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 103, December 24, 1986". Supreme Court E-Library.[permanent dead link]
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Central Luzon: The Third Biggest Region". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  10. "List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2011.

Other websites[change | change source]

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