Map of the Philippines highlighting the regions

The Philippines is subdivided into seventeen (17) regions – eight (8) in Luzon, three (3) in the Visayas, and six (6) in Mindanao. These regions are not local government units but their existence is primarily for administrative purposes. Thus in each region, a city is designated as the center where each of the national government agencies have a regional office.

List of regions


Based on the 2015 census, the regions with the highest population are, in descending order, CALABARZON (14,414,774), the National Capital Region (12,877,253), and Central Luzon (11,218,177). Almost 40 percent of the national population are found in these three (3) regions alone. The least populated regions are, Cordillera Administrative Region (1,722,006), Caraga (2,596,709), and MIMAROPA (2,963,360) whose combined populations account for less than 10 percent of the national count.

Region Population (2015) Province count City count Mun. count Bgy. count Border type Island group
Ilocos Region (Region I)5,026,128491163,267coastalLuzon
Cagayan Valley (Region II)3,451,41054892,311coastalLuzon
Central Luzon (Region III)11,218,1777141163,102coastalLuzon
CALABARZON (Region IV-A)14,414,7745191234,019coastalLuzon
Bicol Region (Region V)5,796,989671073,471coastalLuzon
Western Visayas (Region VI)7,536,3836161174,051coastalVisayas
Central Visayas (Region VII)7,396,8984161163,003coastalVisayas
Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)4,440,150671364,390coastalVisayas
Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)3,629,78335671,904coastalMindanao
Northern Mindanao (Region X)4,689,30259842,022coastalMindanao
Davao Region (Region XI)4,893,31856431,162coastalMindanao
SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)4,545,27645451,195coastalMindanao
National Capital Region (NCR)12,877,25301611,710coastalLuzon
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)1,722,00662751,177landlockedLuzon
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)3,781,387521162,490coastalMindanao
Caraga (Region XIII)2,596,70956671,311coastalMindanao


  1. Data on population derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
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