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The provinces of the Philippines are the primary administrative divisions of the Philippines. There are 80 provinces, further subdivided into component cities and municipalities. The National Capital Region as well as independent cities are autonomous from any provincial government. Each province is administered by an elected governor who oversees various local government entities. The provinces are grouped into seventeen regions based on geographical, cultural, and ethnological characteristics. Fourteen of the regions are designated with numbers corresponding to their geographic location from north to south. The National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao do not have number 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]

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Provincial government is autonomous of other provinces within the Republic. Each province is governed by two main elected branches of government: executive and legislative. Judicial affairs are separated from provincial governance, administered by the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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National intrusion into the affairs of each provincial government is limited by the constitution. The President of the Philippines however coordinates with provincial administrators through the Department of the


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Interior and Local Government. For purposes of national representation, each province is divided into one or more congressional districts. One congressional representative represents each district in the House of Representatives. Senate representation is elected at an at-large basis and not apportioned by provincial districts.

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The provincial governor is chief executive and head of each province. Elected to a term of three years and limited to three terms, he or she appoints the directors of each provincial department which include the office of administration, engineering office, information office, legal office and treasury office.

The vice-governor acts as the president of each Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP; English: Provincial Board), the province’s legislative body. The Sanggunian is composed of members from provincial districts. The number of SP members to which a province is entitled is determined by its income class. Firstand second-class provinces have ten SP members; third- and fourth-class provinces have eight, and fifth- and sixth-class provinces have six. The only exceptions to this rule are provinces which have more than five congressional districts. Cebu, Negros Occidental and Pangasinan have twelve board members each. Each Sangguniang Panlalawigan has designated seats for ex-officio members. Such seats are given to the local president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), the local president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL), and the local president of the Sanggunian Kabataan (SK; English: Youth Council). The vice-governor and members of the Sanggunian are elected by the citizens of the province. Ex-officio members are elected by members of their respective organizations.

Pangasinan La Union Ilocos Sur Ilocos Norte Benguet Ifugao Mountain Province Kalinga Abra Apayao Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Isabela Cagayan Batanes Pampanga Bulacan Bataan Zambales Tarlac


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Nueva Ecija Aurora Metro Manila Rizal Laguna Cavite Batangas Quezon Marinduque Romblon Oriental Mindoro Occidental Mindoro Palawan Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Albay Sorsogon Catanduanes Masbate Aklan Capiz Iloilo Guimaras Negros Occidental Antique Cebu Bohol Negros Oriental Siquijor Northern Samar Eastern Samar Samar Biliran Leyte Southern Leyte Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Sibugay Camiguin Bukidnon Misamis Occidental

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Misamis Oriental

Lanao del Norte Dinagat Islands Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Agusan del Sur Agusan del Norte Davao del Norte Compostela Valley Davao Oriental Davao del Sur South Cotabato Sarangani Sultan Kudarat Cotabato Basilan Sulu Tawi-Tawi Maguindanao Lanao del Sur

List of provinces

• 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 previously belonged, but in actuality they are governed independently from the province.

• Metro Manila is included for comparison although
it is not a province but a region.

• Land area figures taken from 2008 IRA
computation factors.

• Population figures taken from National Statistics


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• Provinces by the years they achieved province status.

Island (blue) and landlocked (red) provinces. The grey areas have both land and sea boundaries.

Provinces classified by income classification.

• Provinces classified • by population. • •

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Provinces classified Provinces by area. classified by population density.


Etymologies History
When the United States acquired the Philippines from Spain in 1898, the islands were divided into four gobiernos, which were further subdivided into provinces and districts. The American administration initially inherited the Spanish divisions and placed them under military government. As insurgencies were pacified, civil government was gradually restored. • 1901-06-11: Morong district merged with part of Manila Province to form Rizal Province. • 1902: Mindoro merged with Marinduque; Amburayan province split from La Union;

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later, Marinduque province merged with Tayabas. 1903: Moro Province formed, consisting of the districts of Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga. Its capital was the town of Zamboanga. 1905: Name of Paragua province changed to Palawan. Masbate province merged with Sorsogon. 1907: Romblon merged with Capiz; split from it again in 1917. 1907-08-20: Agusan province split from Surigao. 1908: Abra province merged with Ilocos Sur; split from it again on 1917. 1908-08-13: Mountain Province formed by merging the provinces of Amburayan, Apayao, Benguet, Bontoc, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Lepanto, which became its subprovinces. 1909: Batanes province split from Cagayan. 1916-08-29: Name and status of Moro Province changed to the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. Status of its districts (Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga) changed to provinces. 1917-03-10: Most of the pre-war provinces formally established or re-established. Ambos Camarines province divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur provinces; Abra and Romblon reestablished. 1920-02-21: Marinduque province split from Tayabas. 1920-12-15: Masbate province split from Sorsogon. 1921-02-20: Mindoro province split from Marinduque. 1923-03-27: Leyte divided into Occidental Leyte and Oriental Leyte by law, but never proclaimed by the governor-general. 1929-11-02: Misamis province divided into Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental provinces (implemented 1939-11-28). 1945-09-26: Catanduanes province split from Albay. 1946: Romblon province merged again with Capiz; split from it again on 1947-01-01. 1946-09-07: Name of Tayabas province changed to Quezon.


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Province Capital Region

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Population Area (2007) (km²) 230,953 612,405 609,447 495,122 1,190,823 515,265 103,633 187,802 496,505 662,153 15,974 4,198.2 3,546.9 9,989.5 1,821.4 2,565.8 2,729.2 4,351.2 3,147.3 2,217.8 1,373.0 219.0 3,119.7 2,827.0 536.0 4,821.0 10,498.6 2,774.9 9,295.8 2,320.1 5,465.3 238.0 2,594.6 1,492.2 1,512.4 5,331.1 4,479.8 9,008.9 3,427.0 6,667.1 5,670.1 1,036.3 4,640.7 604.6 Pop. density (per km²) 55 172.7 61 271.8 464.1 188.8 23.8 59.7 223.9 482.3 72.9 719.9 238.6 279.9 255.2 113.4 1018.7 115.4 221.4 309.9 341.6 270.4 156 1888.9 724.7 142.3 124.5 247.3 327.8 85.7 116.6 87.3 250.1

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

Bangued Cabadbaran[2] Prosperidad Kalibo Legazpi City San Jose Kabugao[3] Baler Isabela City Balanga City Basco Batangas City La Trinidad Naval Tagbilaran City Malaybalay City Malolos City Tuguegarao City Daet Pili Mambajao Roxas City Virac Imus[4] Cebu City[5] Nabunturan Kidapawan City Tagum City Digos City Mati San Jose Borongan Jordan

CAR Region XIII Region XIII Region VI Region V Region VI CAR Region III ARMM Region III Region II

Region IV- 2,245,869 A CAR Region VIII Region X Region III Region II Region V Region V Region X Region VI Region V 674,459 150,031

Region VII 1,230,110 1,190,284 2,826,936 1,072,571 513,785 1,693,821 81,293 701,664 232,757

Region IV- 2,856,765 A Region VII 3,848,730 Region XI Region XI Region XI Region XI Region XIII Region VIII Region VI 637,366 847,440 2,185,743 486,104 120,813 405,114 151,238 Region XII 1,121,974


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Ifugao Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Iloilo Isabela Kalinga La Union Laguna Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur Leyte Maguindanao Marinduque Masbate Misamis Oriental Mountain Province Negros Occidental Negros Oriental Northern Samar Nueva Ecija Nueva Vizcaya Lagawe Laoag City Vigan City Iloilo City[5] Ilagan Tabuk San Fernando City Santa Cruz Tubod Marawi City Tacloban City[5] CAR Region I Region I Region VI Region II CAR Region I

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180,711 547,284 632,255 2,110,588 1,401,495 182,326 720,972 2,628.2 3,504.3 2,596.0 4,899.4 13,778.8 3,231.3 1,504.0 1,823.6 3,824.8 12,051.9 6,515.1 7,318.0 952.6 4,151.8 2,055.2 3,515.7 2,157.4 7,965.2 5,385.5 3,692.9 5,751.3 4,378.8 5,865.7 4,238.4 17,030.8 2,045.0 5,451.0 8,926.0 3,486.2 1,175.8 1,533.5 68.8 156.2 243.5 430.8 101.7 56.4 479.4 1356.4 221.3 94.5 264.3 209.5 241.1 185.2 258.7 370.6 68.9 360.3 228.7 148.9 322.3 90.9 71.9 173.6 52.4 1088.7 485.3 210.9 46.9 1942.5 182.4

Region IV- 2,473,530 A Region X ARMM Region VIII ARMM 846,329 1,138,544 1,722,036 1,532,868

Shariff Aguak Boac Masbate City Cagayan de Oro City[5] Bontoc Bacolod City[5] Dumaguete City Catarman Palayan City[6] Bayombong

Region IV- 229,636 B Region V Region X Region X CAR Region VI Region VIII Region III Region II 768,939 531,680 1,302,851 148,661 2,869,766 549,759 1,853,853 397,837

Misamis Occidental Oroquieta City

Region VII 1,231,904

Occidental Mindoro Mamburao Oriental Mindoro Palawan Pampanga Pangasinan Quezon Quirino Rizal Romblon Calapan City Puerto Princesa City[5] San Fernando City Lingayen Lucena City[5] Cabarroguis Pasig City[7] Romblon

Region IV- 421,592 B Region IV- 735,769 B Region IV- 892,660 B Region III Region I 2,226,444 2,645,395

Region IV- 1,882,900 A Region II 163,610 Region IV- 2,284,046 A Region IV- 279,774 B


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Samar Sarangani Siquijor Sorsogon South Cotabato Southern Leyte Sultan Kudarat Sulu Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Tarlac Tawi-Tawi Zambales Zamboanga del Norte Catbalogan Alabel Siquijor Sorsogon City Koronadal City Maasin City Isulan Jolo Surigao City Tandag Tarlac City Bongao[8] Iba Dipolog City Region VIII

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695,149 6,048.0 3,601.3 337.5 2,119.0 4,428.8 1,797.2 5,251.3 2,135.3 1,972.9 4,925.2 2,736.6 3,426.6 3,714.4 7,301.0 5,914.2 3,607.8 114.9 132 259.8 334.9 292.8 217.5 128.7 397.9 207.5 109.9 454.4 131.4 193.9 124.3 285.5 151.4 18746.4

Region XII 475,514 Region VII 87,695 Region V Region VIII ARMM Region XIII Region XIII Region III ARMM Region III Region IX Region IX Region IX NCR 709,673 390,847 Region XII 1,296,797

Region XII 675,644 849,670 409,468 541,347 1,243,449 450,346 720,355 907,238 1,688,685 546,186

Zamboanga del Sur Pagadian City Zamboanga Sibugay Ipil Metro Manila Manila (Regional

11,553,427 616.3

• 1950-06-13: Mindoro province split into Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental. • 1952-06-06: Zamboanga province split into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. • 1956-04-25: Aklan province split from Capiz (implemented 1956-11-08). • 1959-05-22: Lanao province divided into Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur; Southern Leyte province split from Leyte. • 1960-06-19: Surigao province divided into Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces. • 1965-06-19: Samar province divided into Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Western Samar. • 1966-06-18: South Cotabato province split from Cotabato; Benguet, Ifugao, and Kalinga-Apayao provinces split from Mountain Province; Camiguin province split from Misamis Oriental. • 1967-05-08: Davao province divided into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental provinces (implemented 1967-07-01).

• 1967-06-17: Agusan province divided into Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur provinces (implemented 1970-01-01). • 1969-06-21: Name of Western Samar province changed to Samar. • 1969-08-04: Samal sub-province created from Davao del Norte but never inaugurated. • 1971-09-10: Quirino province split from Nueva Vizcaya. • 1971-10-04: Maranaw province created from Lanao del Sur but never inaugurated. • 1972-01-08: Siquijor province split from Negros Oriental. • 1972-06-17: Name of Davao del Norte province changed to Davao. • 1973-09-11: Tawi-Tawi province split from Sulu. • 1973-11-22: Cotabato province divided into Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces. • 1973-12-27: Status of Basilan changed from chartered city to province. • 1975-11-08: Metro Manila established from four chartered cities, and towns of Rizal and Bulacan.


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• 1979-08-13: Aurora province split from Quezon, following a plebiscite. • 1983-12-19: Name of North Cotabato province changed to Cotabato. • 1986-01-03: Negros del Norte province split from Negros Occidental. • 1986-08-18: Negros del Norte creation found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, reverts as part of Negros Occidental. • 1992-03-16: Sarangani province split from South Cotabato. • 1992-05-11: Biliran province split from Leyte; Guimaras province split from Iloilo. • 1995-02-14: Kalinga-Apayao province split into Kalinga and Apayao provinces. • 1998-03-07: Compostela Valley province split from Davao province. Name of Davao province changed back to Davao del Norte. • 2001-02-23: Zamboanga Sibugay province split from Zamboanga del Sur. • 2006-08-30: Shariff Kabunsuan province split from Maguindanao. • 2006-10-02: Dinagat Islands province split from Surigao del Norte. • 2008-11-18: Shariff Kabunsuan creation found unconstitutional by Supreme Court, reverts as part of Maguindanao.

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Formally proposed provinces
Note: This section lists only those proposals that reached the stage where legislation was enacted for the purpose of establishing a province.

• and Oriental Leyte (March 27, 1923) – Leyte was divided into two new provinces by Act No. 3117 on March 27, 1923. The division never took place however as no proclamation was issued by the governorgeneral. [9] • The province of would have covered the present-day territories of the entire province of Biliran, the municipalities of Abuyog, Alangalang, Babatngon, Barugo, Burauen, Calubian, Capoocan, Carigara, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro, Javier, Julita, La Paz, Leyte, MacArthur, Mahaplag, Mayorga, Palo, Pastrana, San Isidro, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Tabango, Tabontabon, Tanauan, Tolosa, Tunga and Tacloban City (which was designated as the provincial capital). • The province of would have covered the present-day territories of the entire province of Southern Leyte, the municipalities of Albuera, Bato, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan, Isabel, Kananga, Matag-ob, Matalom, Merida, Palompon, Villaba and the cities of Baybay and Ormoc. The province capital of Occidental Leyte "SEC. 2. ... shall be designated by the GovernorGeneral, until determined by a plurality vote of the electors of the new province at the next general election."


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• (1969) – The sub-province of Samal was created by Republic Act No. 5999 and covered the area of the present-day Island Garden City of Samal (or in other words, the whole island of Samal). However, the sub-province was never inaugurated. • (1971) – Republic Act 6406, which sought to create a new province out of eastern Lanao del Sur (now corresponding to the province’s first congressional district), was approved on October 4, 1971. The province was to consist of Marawi City (the capital) and the municipalities of Bubong, Ditsaan-Ramain (including what is now Buadiposo-Buntong), Kapai, Lumba-Bayabao (including what is now Maguing), Marantao, Masiu, Mulondo, Saguiaran, Piagapo, Poona Bayabao, Tamparan, Taraka and Wao (including what is now Bumbaran). Lanao del Sur was to retain the remaining municipalities, with Malabang serving as its new capital. Without the political will or the resources to implement it, the division never took place. A legacy of this unimplemented division is the existence of two ZIP code series for Lanao del Sur: the 93 series was retained by what were to be the remaining towns of the province (with Malabang, the new capital, being assigned the code 9300), while a new series (97) was assigned to what was supposed to be the province of Maranaw (with Marawi City getting the code 9700). • (1985-1986) – Batas Pambansa Blg. 885, which sought to create a new province out of the northern portion of Negros Occidental, took effect on December 23, 1985, with a plebiscite to ratify the law held on January 3, 1986. The province was to be composed of the cities of Cadiz (which was to serve as the capital), San Carlos and Silay, as well as the municipalities of Calatrava, E. B. Magalona, Escalante, Manapla, Salvador Benedicto, Sagay, Toboso and Victorias. Although the creation of the new province was ratified by voters in the proposed new province, the Supreme Court declared Batas Pambansa Blg. 885, as well as the proclamation of the province of Negros del Norte, null and void on July 11, 1986 after ruling that the enabling law was unconstitutional. • and Isabela del Sur (1995) – On February 20, 1995 Republic Act 7891,

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which sought to divide the province of Isabela, was approved. Isabela del Norte was to comprise municipalities belonging to the province’s first and second congressional districts with Ilagan serving as capital. Isabela del Sur was to consist of the third and fourth congressional districts (excluding the independent component city of Santiago), with Cauayan as the capital. The proposed division was rejected in a plebiscite held on June 20, 1995. • and Quezon del Sur (2007) – The act dividing the province of Quezon into two, Republic Act 9495, lapsed into law without the president’s signature on September 7, 2007. Quezon del Norte was to be composed of the first and second congressional districts of the province, with Lucena City as its capital. Quezon del Sur, with its capital at Gumaca, would have been composed of the third and fourth congressional districts. The COMELEC held the plebiscite on December 13, 2008 and majority of the votes cast rejected the division.

[1] About the League of Provinces, League of Provinces of the Philippines,, retrieved on 2008-01-12 [2] Cabadbaran has been made the official capital of the province, as per Republic Act 8811. However, the seat of the provincial government is still in the process of being transferred from Butuan City, where the provincial government still holds office. [3] The province maintains another government center in Luna, wherein many national and provincial agencies have already moved from Kabugao. Philippine Information Agency - Apayao gov’t center established in Luna [4] 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 - Socio-economic Profile. [5] ^ Because the provincial government holds office within an independent city, in effect the province maintains the seat of its government outside its jurisdiction.


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[6] The provincial government still uses and maintains facilities in the former capital, Cabanatuan City. [7] The provincial government has already transferred its operations to Antipolo City, 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 [8] 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. [9] Philippines-Archipelago, Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), Specific information on the division of Leyte provided by David A. Short, webmaster of Philippines-Archipelago, which was updated accordingly after indirectly obtaining a copy of the text of Act No.

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3117 from the Legislative Library, House of Representatives, eastern_visayas.html, retrieved on 2008-05-17 Philippine Standard Geographic Code Interactive, National Statistical Coordination Board 2007 Census of Population Results, National Statistics Office, Republic of the Philippines The Local Government Code of the Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government, Republic of the Philippines Provinces of the Philippines, Gwillim Law,





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