Barangays

Map of the Philippines highlighting the location of barangays

The barangay is the smallest political unit in the Philippines. Each municipality or city is therefore made up of barangays.

The barangay government unit is composed of elective officials called the Punong Barangay who is the chief executive, the Sangguniang Barangay members, also called Kagawads, and the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman. The appointive officials are the barangay Secretary, the barangay Treasurer, the members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, and the barangay Tanods.

The primary requisite for the creation of a barangay is a population of at least 2,000. But for highly urbanized cities, a minimum of 5,000 inhabitants is required. The creation of a barangay is done by law or an ordinance of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan or Sangguniang Panlungsod, and has to be ratified by the affected voting population through a plebiscite.

Explore barangays by province

Search for or browse barangay by province. Links are also provided for barangay of cities or municipalities not under jurisdiction of any province.

Population

With regard to the latest (2015) population, the three (3) barangays with the biggest number of inhabitants, in descending order, are Barangay 176 (246,515) in Caloocan, and Commonwealth (198,285) and Batasan Hills (161,409), both in Quezon City. Those with the smallest number (excluding those with a population of 0), also in descending order, are Barangay 76 (3) in Caloocan, Guinsaugon (6) in Saint Bernard, and Tambobong (6) in Villanueva.

Barangays with a population of less than ten (10)
Barangays with a population of more than 100,000
Barangays whose population fell to 0

The annual population growth rates show that Barangay 630 in Manila is the fastest growing barangay in the Philippines, which had an annual growth rate of 106.03% from its previous population of 48 (2010 Census) to 2,138 (2015 Census). The same data reveal the opposite for the 6 barangays listed below, which all had an annual population growth rate of -100.00%, and thus a population of 0:

BarangayPopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010 to 2015)City/Municipality
Barangay V Poblacion (Porao Island)013-100.00%Roxas, Palawan
Barangay 720184-100.00%Caloocan
Barangay 9901,762-100.00%Manila
Bantawon0179-100.00%Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte
Kauswagan032-100.00%Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte
Riverside0260-100.00%Inabanga, Bohol

Number of barangays

Based on the 2015 census, there are 42,036 barangays in the Philippines. Ranking all the local government units – provinces, cities and municipalities – in descending order, the three (3) provinces with the highest number of barangays are Iloilo (1,721), Leyte (1,503), and Pangasinan (1,364), and those with the lowest number are Batanes (29), Camiguin (58), and Guimaras (98). The cities with the biggest total number of barangays are Manila (897), Pasay (201), and Caloocan (188), and those with the smallest number are Muntinlupa (9), Canlaon (12), and Trece Martires (13).

Among the municipalities, Miagao (119), Lopez (95), Leon (85), and San Joaquin (85) ranked as the highest number of barangays while Kalayaan (1), Adams (1), Turtle Islands (2), and Dumalneg (2) ranked last.

Most used barangay names (exact match, 40+ occurrences)

Interestingly, there are many barangays with the same names. The barangay names with the highest occurrence (excluding partial names like Poblacion 1) are, in descending order, Poblacion (605), San Isidro (314), and San Jose (247).

details
  1. Poblacion: 605
  2. San Isidro: 314
  3. San Jose: 247
  4. San Roque: 213
  5. San Vicente: 204
  6. San Antonio: 171
  7. Santo Niño: 171
  8. Santa Cruz: 170
  9. San Juan: 166
  10. Rizal: 125
  11. San Miguel: 122
  12. San Pedro: 117
  13. Salvacion: 111
  14. Magsaysay: 109
  15. Buenavista: 103
  16. San Agustin: 86
  17. Mabini: 85
  18. San Francisco: 83
  19. Santa Maria: 73
  20. San Rafael: 70
  21. Concepcion: 69
  22. Libertad: 66
  23. San Nicolas: 60
  24. Bagumbayan: 58
  25. Santo Rosario: 56
  26. Barangay 1: 55
  27. Barangay 2: 55
  28. Mabuhay: 54
  29. Barangay 3: 53
  30. Barangay 4: 53
  31. Santo Domingo: 51
  32. Barangay II: 49
  33. San Pablo: 49
  34. Barangay 5: 48
  35. Barangay I: 48
  36. Burgos: 46
  37. Santo Tomas: 45
  38. Cogon: 44
  39. Katipunan: 43
  40. Poblacion I: 43
  41. Quezon: 42
  42. Barangay 6: 41
  43. Poblacion II: 41
  44. San Andres: 41
  45. San Ramon: 41
  46. Santiago: 41
  47. Talisay: 41
  48. Bagacay: 40
  49. Sabang: 40

Sources

  1. The Local Government Code of the Philippines
  2. Data on population derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority
  3. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
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