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About Half of the Country’s Local Government Units are in Luzon
(FS-200604-PP2-01, posted 27 April 2006)
As of March 31, 2006, the Philippines had 17 regions, 79 provinces, 117 cities, 1,501 municipalities and 41,982 barangays. About half of these local government units (LGUs) are located in Luzon, which is the largest island in the country.
As the largest island in the country, Luzon has 8 regions, 37 provinces, 57 cities, 690 municipalities and 20,057 barangays, accounting for 47% of the regions and provinces, 49% of the cities, 46% of the municipalities and 48% of the barangays in the country. Visayas has 3 regions, 17 provinces, 33 cities, 399 municipalities and 11,875 barangays while Mindanao has 6 regions, 25 provinces, 27 cities, 412 municipalities and 10,050 barangays.
During the first quarter of 2006, two more barangays were created, namely Barangay Tumana in Marikina City, NCR and Barangay Ligue in Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur, ARMM. Barangay Tumana was created out of mother barangay Concepcion Uno in pursuant to City Ordinance No. 70 Series of 2005, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on March 4, 2006. On the other hand, Barangay Ligue was created out of mother barangay Pantar in the Municipality of Lumbatan in pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 79 dated 27 October 1998, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on March 25, 2006.
Number of Regions and Local Government Units (LGUs), by Island Group
(As of Mar. 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005)
Source: National Barangay Operations Office of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government (NBOO/DILG)
In addition, the Municipality of Sultan Gumander in the province of Lanao del Sur, ARMM was renamed to Municipality of Picong, pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 175 dated December 16, 2004, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on March 25, 2006.