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Five (5) New Cities, Two (2) Municipalities and a Barangay created
in the Third Quarter of 2007

(PR-200711-PP2-01
, Posted 13 November 2007)

Five municipalities were converted into (5) new cities, two (2) newly created municipalities and one (1) barangay were created in the country in the third quarter, 2007. Thus, the number of cities increased from 131 as of June 30, 2007 to 136 as of September 30, 2007. The number of barangays increased from 41,994 to 41,995 in the same quarter. The number of municipalities, on the other hand, increased by two but was, subsequently, reduced by five due to the conversion into cities, from 1,497 to 1,494 during the third quarter. The new cities, municipalities, barangay and other changes are as follows:

  1. The creation of Barangay RAFAELA BARRERA in the City of Sagay, Negros Occidental, Region VI pursuant to Sanggunian Panlalawigan Resolution No. 0448 Series of 2007 and which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on September 8, 2007;

  2. The creation of Municipality of HADJI MUHTAMAD in the province of Basilan, ARMM, with 10 barangays coming from the municipality of Lantawan, pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act (MMAA) No. 200 and ratified through plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on August 25, 2007;

  3. The creation of Municipality of OMAR in the province of Sulu, ARMM, with 8 barangays coming from the municipality of Luuk, pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act (MMAA) No.194 and ratified through plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 14, 2007;

  4. The conversion of the municipality of Tayabas in the province of Quezon, Region IV-A, into a component city to be known as the CITY OF TAYABAS, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9398, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 14, 2007;

  5. The conversion of the municipality of Carcar in the province of Cebu, Region VII, into a component city to be known as the CITY OF CARCAR, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9436, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 1, 2007;

  6. The conversion of the municipality of Naga in the province of Cebu, Region VII, into a component city to be known as the CITY OF NAGA, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9491, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on September 2, 2007;

  7. The conversion of the municipality of Guihulngan in the province of Negros Oriental, Region VII, into a component city to be known as the CITY OF GUIHULNGAN, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9409, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 14, 2007;

  8. The conversion of the municipality of Cabadbaran in the province of Agusan del Norte, Caraga, into a component city to be known as the CITY OF CABADBARAN, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9436, which was ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 28, 2007; and

  9. The conversion of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Region IV-B and Lapu-lapu City in Cebu, Region VII from Component Cities into Highly Urbanized Cities, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos. 1264, ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 9, 2007 and 1222, ratified through a plebiscite conducted by the COMELEC on July 21, 2007, respectively.

With these updates, the latest number of regions, provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays as of September 30, 2007 is as follows:

 
September 30, 2007
June 30, 2007
Regions
17
17
Provinces
81
81
Cities
136
131
Municipalities
1,494
1,497
Barangays
41,995
41,994

 

ESTRELLA V. DOMINGO
Assistant Secretary General

 

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