Administrative divisions of the Philippines
of the Philippines
- Autonomous regions
- Provinces (lalawigan, probinsiya) and independent cities (lungsod, siyudad/ciudad, dakbayan, lakanbalen)
- Municipalities (bayan, balen, bungto, banwa) and component cities (lungsod, siyudad/ciudad, dakbayan, lakanbalen)
- Barangays (also known as barrio)
Beyond the above divisions, there other divisions that are frequently mentioned but differ in significant ways. Specifically, they do not have separate governments or independent budgets. The national government groups provinces and independent cities into national government regions, e.g. Metro Manila or Region VI. Also. a barangay may be informally or formally sub-divided into sitios and puroks. Neither the national government's regions nor a barangay's sitios or puroks have elected leaders or government branches.
Other divisions exist for specific narrower purposes:
- Legislative districts for the House of Representatives, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial boards), several Sangguniang Panlungsod (city councils) and the Pateros Municipal Council.
- Judicial regions for the Regional Trial Courts.
- Districts for specific government agencies such as "Revenue Districts" for the Bureau of Internal Revenue, "School Districts" for the Department of Education, and "Engineering Districts" for the Department of Public Works and Highways.
- 1 Local government units
- 2 Other divisions
- 3 Island groups
- 4 Statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Local government units
The Philippines is divided into provinces and independent cities. Provinces in turn are divided into component cities and municipalities. All independent cities, component cities and municipalities are divided into barangays. All these (provinces, independent and component cities, municipalities, and barangays) elect their own legislatures and executives and are called collectively "local government units". There is also a single autonomous region, the Automous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which is composed of provinces and independent cities and has its own elected government.
Each province is headed by a governor. Its legislative body is the Sangguniang Panlalawigan composed of the different members from Sanggunian districts, which in most cases are contiguous to the congressional districts.
Cities and municipalities
Regions, aside from having provinces may also have independent cities. Independent cities, classified either as highly urbanized or independent component cities, are cities which are not under the jurisdiction of a province. These cities are not administered by their mother provinces, do not share their tax revenues with the province, and in most cases their residents are not eligible to elect or be elected to provincial offices.
Cities that are politically a part of a province are called component cities. The voters in these cities are allowed to vote and run for positions in the provincial government.
Municipalities are always components of a province, except Pateros, Metro Manila, which is independent.
Cities and municipalities are headed by a mayor. The legislative arm of these units are the Sangguniang Panlungsod for cities and Sangguniang Bayan for municipalities, which are composed of councilors elected at-large or in some cases, by Sanggunian district.
Cities (both component and independent ones) and municipalities are further divided into barangays. The barangay is the smallest political unit, and is often loosely anglicised as "village". In some populous cities, barangays are grouped into zones and/or into districts for administrative purposes. In rural areas, sitios or puroks are the preferred ways of subdividing barangays for administrative purposes. Each barangay is headed by a Barangay captain (Filipino: Punong Barangay)
Sitios, puróks and zones
Below barangays are smaller communities known as sitios and puróks, and are not found in all baranagays. Sitios and puróks are most common in less-populated, rural barangays where human settlement is de facto polycentric, that is, composed of multiple population enclaves spread throughout a wide area, surrounded or separated by farmland, undeveloped mountainside, and water (as is the case of barangays encompassing different islands).
In Caloocan, Manila and Pasay, barangays are grouped into zones. These zones are for administrative purposes only and do not serve other governmental function. Note that other barangays in other places may be called "zones" but are fully functioning barangays.
Their leadership is not a recognized Local Government Unit and thus its officials are not elected in regular general elections.
National government regions
Regions are administrative groupings of provinces; these don't have political power of any sort. In addition, the constitution allows for the creation of autonomous regions, that allow more powers, in Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordillera Central. However, only the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has been approved by voters in a plebiscite. Voters in the Cordilleras have rejected autonomy in 1990 and 1998; hence the Cordillera Administrative Region remains as a regular administrative region.
All but one region is divided into provinces. Metro Manila (the National Capital Region) is not divided into provinces, but instead is divided directly into cities and municipalities. The cities and municipalities of Metro Manila are grouped together into non-functional districts for administrative purposes.
Philippine House of Representative districts
For the purpose of electing representatives to the Philippine House of Representatives, the country is divided into "legislative districts". Each province or independent city has at least one representative. If the population is great enough, they may have two or more. The borders of the district are redrawn, known as redistricting, by the passage of an act of Congress, and signed by the president, a process that only happens rarely and only for a limited area.
If a province or a city is composed of only one legislative district, it said to be the lone district (for example, the "Lone district of Muntinlupa City").
Several legislative districts also exist at the provincial level, on some cities, and at Pateros. If possible, these are coextensive with congressional districts.
The Philippines is divided into thirteen judicial regions, for the purpose of organizing the judiciary. The judicial regions still reflect the original regional configuration introduced by President Ferdinand Marcos during his rule, except for the transfer of Aurora to the third judicial region.
Other governmental bodies
The various executive departments has also divided the country into their own respective districts. The Department of Public Works and Highways and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, for example, divide the country into several "engineering" or "revenue" districts.
The Philippines is broadly divided into three regions according to their specific island group: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These regions are reflected in the name of the national government's formal regions (e.g. Western Visayas) but they have no administrative bodies, either elected or appointed.
Here is table showing number of current regions, provinces, municipalities, and cities in the Philippines as of 31 December 2013.
|Type||Head of Administration||Number|
|English name||Filipino name||English name||Filipino name|
|Region||Rehiyon||Regional governor*||Gobernador panrehiyon||17|
|Village/neighborhood||Barangay||Barangay Chairman/Barangay Captain||Punong-barangay/Kapitan ng Barangay||42,028|
*only for autonomous regions
- Local government in the Philippines
- Roman Catholic Church - List of the Roman Catholic dioceses of the Philippines
- The Official Website of the Municipality of Banaue - Significant events of the Municipality
- "Provincial Summary: Number of Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and Barangays, by Region". PSGC Summary. National Statistical Coordination Board. December 31, 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
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