Super regions of the Philippines

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The "super" regions of the Philippines are an informal, and de facto defunct, grouping of parts of regions and provinces of the Philippines based on their economic strengths.[1] According to Executive Order No. 561, which establishes these regions,

"[These] groupings neither supersede current political boundaries nor alter the regional development councils as established by existing laws and issuances."

The creation of "super" regions was first proposed by the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her sixth State of the Nation Address to group the selected regions/provinces by their economic strengths.[2] Each "super" region is headed by a Development Champion.[1]


Map of the Philippines divided into the proposed super regions, except for the cyber corridor.
  North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle
  Metro Luzon Urban Beltway
  Central Philippines

North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle[edit]

Metro Luzon Urban Beltway[edit]

or simply "Luzon Urban Beltway."

Central Philippines Region[edit]

also known as Tourism Super Region.

The Tourism Super Region is a concept of development plan of the government. Under this concept, the government intends to focus development and investments on tourism related projects. This Super Region is actually a cluster of five regions plus some parts of the Caraga Region. It boasts of a wide stretch of beachline, surfing spots, caves, lakes, and historical sites.

Included in the plan is building the infrastructures such as airports, roll-on-roll-off seaports, bus terminals and hotels. Aside from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the government intends to build international airport in each component region. Already, the Panglao International Airport in Bohol in Central Visayas has begun development, the new Legazpi International Airport in Daraga, Albay for the Bicol Region is in its initial phase while the unutilized Guiuan Airport in Guiuan, Eastern Samar is being planned to be converted into an international airport for Eastern Visayas region. Kalibo Airport which is still a categorized as a domestic airport, is now open to international flights from Incheon, South Korea due to increasing Korean tourists flocking to Boracay Island. The Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Silay City is designated to serve the whole Negros Island Region, while the new Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo, is designated as the international airport for Western Visayas region in tandem with Kalibo Airport.

Mindanao Super Region[edit]

also known as "Agribusiness Mindanao" Super Region.

Cyber Corridor[edit]

Development Themes[edit]

The "super" regions shall have the following primary, through not exclusive, development themes:

  • Northern Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle - Agribusiness
  • Luzon Urban Beltway - Globally competitive industrial and service center
  • Central Philippines - Tourism
  • Agribusiness Mindanao - Agribusiness
  • Cyber Corridor - Information and communication technology and knowledge economy

Development Champions[edit]

Development Champions (Super Region Heads)[edit]

The Development Champions are the following:

  • North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle - Mayor Delfin Telan Ting of Tuguegarao;
  • Luzon Urban Beltway - Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Chairman Edgardo Pamintuan;
  • Central Philippines - Secretary of Tourism Joseph Ace Durano; Secretary Cerge Remonde shall be the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development of region VII;
  • Agribusiness Mindanao - Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process Jesus Dureza;
  • Cyber Corridor - Commission on Information and Communications Technology Chairman Ramon Sales.

Development Champions Mandates[edit]

Each "super" region shall have a designated Development Champion whose mandate is to:

  • Serve as catalyst for development and prime advocate of the strategic development theme in his area;
  • Ensure the implementation of the priority programs and projects identified in the 2006 State of the Nation Address and the undated MTPIP, in close collaboration with the concerned local government units, national agencies and other partners in development, and undertake the necessary interventions to help ensure that these are completed on time and at a lowest cost to government.
  • Work out operational policies and remedial actions to ensure that the priority programs and projects are completed on schedule and a lowest cost to government;
  • Submit a monthly report to the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) on the overall accomplishment of project implementation, issues and problems identified and recommend solutions pursuant to item (c) above.

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