Region (Philippines)

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Malaysia Brunei Indonesien Indonesien Ilocos-Region Cagayan Valley Central Luzon Metro Manila CALABARZON Bicol-Region Western Visayas Eastern Visayas Central Visayas MIMAROPA Zamboanga Peninsula Northern Mindanao Caraga Davao-Region SOCCSKSARGEN Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Cordillera Administrative Region
Filipino regions

A region ( filipino Rehiyon ) is an administrative level in the Philippines . In 2017 there are 17 regions, which are divided into another 81 provinces ( Lalawigan ). From 2015 to 2017, the 18th region was the Negros Island Region

Provinces are the primary political subdivision in the Philippines. To facilitate administration, however, they are grouped into regions which, as a rule, do not have separate governments. Only the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elects a regional assembly and a governor. The Cordillera Administrative Region was originally intended to be an autonomous region (Cordillera Autonomous Region). But the project failed due to two referendums, so that the area finally became an administrative region.

List of regions

The regions are geographically divided between the three island groups Luzon , Visayas and Mindanao .


map Region
(abbreviation; alternative)
Administrative center Provinces
Ph locator ncr.png Metro Manila
(Metro Manila)
Manila no province
Ph locator car.png Cordillera Administrative Region
(CAR; Cordillera Administrative Region)
Baguio City
Ph locator region 1.png Ilocos Region
(Region I; Ilocos)
San Fernando
Ph locator region 2.png Cagayan Valley
(Region II)
Tuguegarao City
Ph locator region 3.png Central Luzon
(Region III)
San Fernando
Ph locator region 4a.png CALABARZON
(Region IV-A)
Calamba City
Ph locator region 4b.png MIMAROPA
(Region IV-B)
Ph locator region 5.png Bicol Region
(Region V)
Legazpi City


map Region
(abbreviation; alternative)
Administrative center Provinces
Ph fil western visayas.png Western Visayas
(Region VI)
Ph fil central visayas.png Central Visayas
(Region VII)
Cebu City
Ph locator region 8.png Eastern Visayas
(Region VIII)
Tacloban City


map Region
(abbreviation; alternative)
Administrative 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)
Coronadal City
Ph locator region 13.png Caraga
(Region XIII)
Butuan City
Ph locator armm.png Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Cotabato City


On September 24, 1972, by order of President Ferdinand Marcos, the provinces in eleven regions were united. Since then, new regions have been created or renamed.

  • Jul 07, 1975 - Region XII is established and there are minor remodeling of some regions of Mindanao .
  • Aug 21, 1975 - Region IX is divided into Regions IX-A and IX-B, there are other minor changes in the Mindanao regions
  • 7 November 1975 - the region Metro Manila arises
  • August 1, 1989 - Muslim Mindanao Autonomous Region is created.
  • October 23, 1989 - the Cordillera region is added.
  • February 23, 1995 - Region XIII (Caraga) is created, further small changes in the Mindanao regions.
  • 1997 - Small reshuffles of the Mindanao regions.
  • September 19, 2001 - Most of Mindanao regions are changed and renamed.
  • May 17, 2002 - the regions CALABARZON (IV-A) and MIMAROPA (IV-B) emerge from the former region IV Southern Tagalog .

Former regions

The names and structure of the following regions have changed in recent years:

  • Southern Tagalog was divided into the regions CALABARZON (or region IV-A) and MIMAROPA (or region IV-B).
  • Western Mindanao was renamed the Zamboanga Peninsula , but still referred to as Region IX.
  • Central Mindanao was renamed SOCCSKSARGEN , but still referred to as Region XII.
  • Southern Mindanao was renamed the Davao Region , but still referred to as Region XI.
  • From May 29, 2015 to August 7, 2017, the Negros Island Region (XVIII) consisted of parts of Regions VI and VII.

Individual evidence

  1. Executive Order No. 183, p. 2015. Official Gazette, accessed October 12, 2015 .
  2. Executive Order No. 38, p. 2017. Official Gazette, accessed October 6, 2017 .

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