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The region (Filipino:rehiyon, ) is an administrative division of the Philippines that primarily serve to organize the 81 provinces (lalawigan) for administrative convenience. Most government offices establish regional offices instead of individual provincial offices, usually (but not necessarily always) in the city designated as the regional center.

The regions themselves do not possess a separate local government, with the exception of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which has an elected regional assembly and governor. The Cordillera Administrative Region was originally intended to be autonomous (Cordillera Autonomous Region), but the failure of two plebiscites for its establishment reduced it to a regular administrative region.

History

Regions first came to existence in on September 24, 1972 when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Since that time, other regions have been created and some provinces have been transferred from one region to another.

List of regions

The Philippines consists of 17 regions. The 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. To get overviews of the regions, see the respective articles on the island groups. The regions CALABARZON, MIMARO/MIMAROPA, and SOCCSKSARGEN are capitalized because they are acronyms that stand for their component provinces or cities.[1]

Luzon

Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
National Capital Region
(NCR; Metro Manila)
ManilaNo provinces
Cordillera Administrative Region
(CAR)
Baguio City
Ilocos Region
(Region I)
San Fernando City
Cagayan Valley
(Region II)
Tuguegarao City
Central Luzon
(Region III)
San Fernando City
CALABARZON
(Region IV-A)
Calamba City
MIMARO
(Region IV-B)
Calapan City
Bicol Region
(Region V)
Legazpi City

Visayas

Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
Western Visayas
(Region VI)
Iloilo City
Central Visayas
(Region VII)
Cebu City
Eastern Visayas
(Region VIII)
Tacloban City

Mindanao

Map Region
(short name)
Regional center Provinces
Zamboanga Peninsula
(Region IX)
Pagadian City
Northern Mindanao
(Region X)
Cagayan de Oro
Davao Region
(Region XI)
Davao City
SOCCSKSARGEN
(Region XII)
Koronadal City
Caraga
(Region XIII)
Butuan
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
(ARMM)
Cotabato City

Defunct regions

The following are regions that do not exist, explanations about their current status follow each region's name.

Footnotes

1. ^ Some regions use acroyms in their names, examples include CALABARZON, which is derived from CAvite, LAguna, BAtangas, Rizal, and QueZON; MIMARO, which is derived from MIndoro (for Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental), MArinduque, ROmblon, and formerly and SOCCSKSARGEN, which is derived from SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, SARangani, and GENeral Santos City.

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