Regions of the Philippines

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A region (Filipino: Rehiyon) is an administrative subdivision in the Philippines. As of 2002, there are 17 of them and 16 of them are further subdivided into 81 provinces (lalawigan). Regions are generally organized to group provinces that have the same cultural and ethnological characteristics.

The provinces are actually the primary political subdivision. They are grouped into regions for administrative convenience. Most government offices establish regional offices instead of individual provincial offices, usually (but not necessarily always) in the city designated as the regional center.

The regions themselves do not possess a separate local government, with the exception of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which has an elected regional assembly and governor. The Cordillera Administrative Region was originally intended to be autonomous (Cordillera Autonomous Region), but the failure of two plebiscites for its establishment, reduced it to a regular administrative region.


List of regions

The Philippines consists of 17 regions. The regions are geographically combined into the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Following is a list of the regions in their island groupings. To get overviews of the regions, see the respective articles on the island groups.

The names of CALABARZON, MIMARO and SOCCSKSARGEN are capitalized because they are acronyms that stand for their component provinces or cities.

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Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
Ph locator ncr.png National Capital Region
(NCR; Metro Manila)
Ph locator car.png Cordillera Administrative Region
Baguio City
Ph locator region 1.png Ilocos Region
(Region I)
San Fernando City
Ph locator region 2.png Cagayan Valley
(Region II)
Tuguegarao City
Ph locator region 3.png Central Luzon
(Region III)
San Fernando City
Ph locator region 4a.png CALABARZON
(Region IV-A)
Calamba City
Ph locator region 4b.png MIMARO
(Region IV-B)
Calapan City
Ph locator region 5.png Bicol Region
(Region V)
Legazpi City


Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
Ph locator region 6.png Western Visayas
(Region VI)
Iloilo City
Ph locator region 7.png Central Visayas
(Region VII)
Cebu City
Ph locator region 8.png Eastern Visayas
(Region VIII)
Tacloban City


Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
Ph locator region 9.png Zamboanga Peninsula
(Region IX)
Pagadian City
Ph locator region 10.png Northern Mindanao
(Region X)
Cagayan de Oro
Ph locator region 11.png Davao Region
(Region XI)
Davao City
Ph locator region 12.png SOCCSKSARGEN
(Region XII)
Koronadal City
Ph locator region 13.png Caraga
(Region XIII)
Butuan City
Ph locator armm.png Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Cotabato City


Regions first came to existence in on September 24, 1972 when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Since that time, other regions have been created and some provinces have been transferred from one region to another.

  • July 7, 1975 - Region XII created and minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions.
  • August 21, 1975 - Region IX divided into Sub-Region IX-A' and Sub-Region IX-B. Minor reorganisation of some Mindanao regions.
  • November 7, 1975 - National Capital Region created.
  • August 1, 1989 - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao created.
  • October 23, 1989 - Cordillera Administrative Region created.
  • October 12, 1990 - Executive Order issued to reorganise the Mindanao regions but the reorganisation never happened (possibly due to lack of government funds).
  • February 23, 1995 - Region XIII (Caraga) created and minor reorganization of some Mindanao regions.
  • 1997 - Minor reorganisation of some Mindanao regions.
  • September 19, 2001 - Most Mindanao regions reorganized and some renamed.
  • May 17, 2002 - Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMARO) created from the former Region IV (Southern Tagalog) region.
  • May 23, 2005 - Palawan transferred from MIMAROPA to Western Visayas; MIMAROPA renamed to MIMARO.
  • August 19, 2005 - Palawan - The E.O. 429 of May 23, 2005 transferring Palawan from MIMAROPA to Western Visayas was later held in abeyance by Administrative Order #129.

Defunct regions


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Capital Manila | National Capital Region
Provinces 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 | Ifugao | Ilocos Norte | Ilocos Sur | Iloilo | Isabela | Kalinga | La Union | Laguna | Lanao del Norte | Lanao del Sur | Leyte | Maguindanao | Marinduque | Masbate | Misamis Occidental | Misamis Oriental | Mountain Province | Negros Occidental | Negros Oriental | Northern Samar | Nueva Ecija | Nueva Vizcaya | Occidental Mindoro | Oriental Mindoro | Palawan | Pampanga | Pangasinan | Quezon | Quirino | Rizal | Romblon | Samar | Sarangani | Shariff Kabunsuan | Siquijor | Sorsogon | South Cotabato | Southern Leyte | Sultan Kudarat | Sulu | Surigao del Norte | Surigao del Sur | Tarlac | Tawi-Tawi | Zambales | Zamboanga del Norte | Zamboanga del Sur | Zamboanga Sibugay
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