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Encyclopedia > Administrative divisions of the Philippines

The Philippines is divided into, from the highest division to the lowest:

  1. Provinces and independent cities
  2. Municipalities and component cities
  3. Barangays

Each division at each level from the provinces down to the barangays is a local government unit (LGU). For administrative purposes, the provinces and cities are grouped into regions. The President has the prerogative to create, abolish and determine the composition of regions, which is done so most often in consultation with the local government units affected; with the exception of autonomous regions, where the residents of the local government units have to ratify in a plebiscite their inclusion in such a setup. Map of the Philippines showing the regions and provinces (click for larger version). ... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1987 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Government Website Human rights Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipyo, in Tagalog) is a local... A barangay (Tagalog: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy), also known by its former name, the barrio, is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and provinces (click for larger version). ... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections Chairman: Resurreccion Z. Borra 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1987 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Government Website Human rights Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Map of the Philippines showing the... The President of the Philippines is the head of state and government of the Republic of the Philippines. ...


Other political divisions exist for the other branches of government:

  1. Legislative districts for the House of Representatives
  2. Judicial regions for the Regional Trial Courts.

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Local government units

Provinces

Administrative regions

All regions except one (Metro Manila) are subdivided into provinces. Each province is headed by a governor. The legislative arm is the provincial board composed of the different board members from each legislative district (see Legislative districts, below). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x900, 353 KB) Updated image. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x900, 353 KB) Updated image. ...

Cities and municipalties

Other regions, aside from having provinces also have independent cities. The independent cities are highly urbanized cities, and cities whose charters separated them from their mother provinces. These cities are not administered by their mother provinces, and hence, do not vote for provincial leaders.


Cities that are politically a part of a province are called component cities. The voters in these cities vote for the provincial governor, and is considered a part of the province.


Municipalities are always associated with a province, except those within Metro Manila, which are independent. Cities and municipalities are headed by a mayor. The legislative arm of the cities and municipalities are the city/town councils, which are composed of councilors from each legislative district.


Barangays

Cities (both independent and within their mother provinces) and municipalities are further divided into barangays. The barangay is the smallest political unit. In some big cities, barangays are grouped into zones for administrative purposes. Each barangay is headed by a barangay captain.


Other divisions

Legislative districts
Judicial regions

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 519 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1616 pixel, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/png) Map showing the congressional districts of each city or province, as apportioned for the May 2007 elections. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 519 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1616 pixel, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/png) Map showing the congressional districts of each city or province, as apportioned for the May 2007 elections. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2000x3120, 195 KB) Judicial regions of the Philippines (Regional Trial Courts) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2000x3120, 195 KB) Judicial regions of the Philippines (Regional Trial Courts) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

Regions

Regions are administrative groupings of provinces. The all but one region do not have political power, but merely serve as administrative groupings of provinces. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has political power, and is headed by a regional governor. If the Cordillera Administrative Region becomes autonomous, it too, would have political power. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM; Rehiyong Awtonomo ng Muslim Mindanao) of the Philippines is composed of five provinces and one city namely: Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the Marawi City. ... The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) of the Philippines consists of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Apayao. ...


All but one region is divided into provinces. Metro Manila (the National Capital Region), due to its urban environment, 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 districts for administrative purposes. For the capital city of the Philippines, see Manila. ...


The Supreme Court ruled that a region must be composed of more than one province. Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      The Supreme Court of the Philippines (Filipino: Kataas-taasang Hukuman ng Pilipinas) is the...


Legislative districts

In addition, the Philippines is also divided into legislative districts. The legislative districts may either be a single province, a group of cities and municipalities, a single city, or, in cases where a city has a large population, a group of barangays. Several cities and municipalities of Metro Manila previously held shared districts - where two or more LGUs had shared a representative. Currently, only the Legislative district of Pateros-Taguig City shares its representatives into two LGUs. Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      The lone Congressional District of Pateros-Taguig City or Taguig City-Pateros is the...


The purpose of legislative districts is for the election of representatives to the House of Representatives. Each legislative district has no political power. Type Lower house Houses House of Representatives House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr. ...


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 Marikina City"). Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice: Reynato Puno Court of Appeals Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | 1984 1981 | 1978 | 1969 | 1965 1961 | 1957 | 1953 | 1949 1946 | 1941 | 1935 Foreign relations Human rights Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      The lone Legislative...


Judicial regions

The Philippines is divided into thirteen judicial regions, where judges of the regional trial courts are stationed.


Other organizations

Different organization divide the country into many different ways:


 
 

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