Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Eastern Visayas
Typeregion
Island groupVisayas
Provinces6
Cities7
Municipalities136
Barangays4,390
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Samar Sea, Camotes Sea, Visayan Sea, Bohol Sea, Surigao Strait, Canigao Channel, San Bernardino Strait
Population (2015)4,440,150

Eastern Visayas, officially designated as Region VIII, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the eastern section of the Visayas. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte, as well as 1 highly urbanized city. The regional center is the City of Tacloban.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 4,440,150. This represented 22.92% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 4.40% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Eastern Visayas is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, Surigao Strait, Bohol Sea, Canigao Channel, Camotes Sea, Visayan Sea, Samar Sea, Ticao Pass, and the San Bernardino Strait.

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Map of Eastern VisayasMap of Eastern Visayas highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesBiliranEastern SamarLeyteNorthern SamarSamarSouthern LeyteTacloban, a highly urbanized city and the regional center

Local government units

Eastern Visayas has 6 provinces, 136 municipalities, and 7 cities (1 of which is a highly urbanized city administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 4,390.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)City countMun countBrgy count
Eastern Samarprovince467,160428,8771.64%4,660.47 km2 (1,799.42 sq mi)100 / km2 (260 / sq mi)122597
Leyteprovince1,724,6791,567,9841.83%6,515.05 km2 (2,515.47 sq mi)265 / km2 (686 / sq mi)2401,503
Taclobancity (HUC), capital, regional center242,089221,1741.74%201.72 km2 (77.88 sq mi)1,200 / km2 (3,108 / sq mi)138
Northern Samarprovince632,379589,0131.36%3,692.93 km2 (1,425.85 sq mi)171 / km2 (444 / sq mi)024569
Samarprovince780,481733,3771.19%6,048.03 km2 (2,335.16 sq mi)129 / km2 (334 / sq mi)224951
Southern Leyteprovince421,750399,1371.05%1,798.61 km2 (694.45 sq mi)234 / km2 (607 / sq mi)118500
Biliranprovince171,612161,7601.13%536.01 km2 (206.95 sq mi)320 / km2 (829 / sq mi)08132
Eastern Visayas Total4,440,1504,101,3221.52%no datano data71364,390

Historical population

The population of Eastern Visayas grew from 2,040,966 in 1960 to 4,440,150 in 2015, an increase of 2,399,184 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.52%, or an increase of 338,828 people, from the previous population of 4,101,322 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
655,159
977,5252.56%
1,462,1592.03%
1,764,1031.94%
2,040,9661.29%
2,381,4091.52%
2,599,7281.78%
2,799,5341.49%
3,054,4900.88%
3,366,9171.84%
3,610,3551.51%
3,915,1401.12%
4,101,3221.71%
4,440,1501.52%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 4,440,150, ranked 11 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.52%, ranked 9 out of 17

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
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