Regions of the Philippines

administrative division of the Philippines

In the Philippines, regions (Filipino: rehiyon) are administrative divisions that serve primarily to organize the provinces (Filipino: lalawigan, probinsiya) of the country for administrative convenience. Most government offices are established by region instead of individual provincial offices, usually (but not always) in the city that is the regional center.

The regions themselves do not possess a separate local government, with the exception of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which has an elected regional assembly and governor.

List of regions


The Philippines has 17 administrative regions. 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.[1]

These 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.

The regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and SOCCSKSARGEN are written with upper case characters because they are acronyms that stand for their component provinces or cities. CALABARZON stands for CAvite, LAguna, BAtangas, Rizal and QueZON; MIMAROPA stands for Occidental and Oriental MIndoro, MArinduque, ROmblon and PAlawan; and SOCCSKSARGEN stands for SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, SARangani and GENeral Santos.

Island group: Luzon
Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces Area (km2) Population
(per km2)
  National Capital Region
Manila - 636 11,855,975 18641.5
Baguio 18,294 1,616,867 88.4
(Region I)
San Fernando, La Union 12,840 4,748,372 369.8
  Cagayan Valley
(Region II)
Tuguegarao 26,838 3,229,163 120.3
  Central Luzon
(Region III)
San Fernando, Pampanga 21,470 10,137,737 472.2
(Region IV-A)
Calamba City 16,229 12,609,803 777
(Region IV-B)
Calapan 27,456 2,744,671 100
(Region V)
Legazpi 17,632 5,420,411 307.4
Island group: Visayas
  Western Visayas
(Region VI)
Iloilo City 20,223 7,102,438 351.2
  Central Visayas
(Region VII)
Cebu City 14,951 6,800,180 454.8
  Eastern Visayas
(Region VIII)
Tacloban 21,432 4,101,322 191.4
Island group: Mindanao
(Region IX)
Pagadian 14,811 3,407,353 230.1
  Northern Mindanao
(Region X)
Cagayan de Oro 17,125 4,297,323 250.9
(Region XI)
Davao City 20,244 4,468,563 220.7
(Region XII)
Koronadal 18,433 4,109,571 222.9
(Region XIII)
Butuan 18,847 2,429,224 128.9
Cotabato City 12,695 3,256,140 256.5


  1. 1.0 1.1 "NSCB ActiveStats - List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board - NSCB. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 A highly urbanized city, one class of cities in the Philippines, independent from any province.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 An independent component city, one class of cities in the Philippines that do not depend of any provincial government.
  4. "Philippines Tourists Guide". Pinay Wise. 2023-11-12. Retrieved 2024-05-04.
  5. A component city, part of the province of Basilan, but whose regional services are provided by the offices of Region IX.

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