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The Provinces of the Philippines are the main political and administrative divisions of the Philippines. There are 80 provinces at present. The provinces are divided into cities and municipalities. The National Capital Region, as well as independent cities, are separate from any provincial government. Each province has a governor.

The provinces are grouped into seventeen regions based on geographical, cultural, and ethnological characteristics. Fourteen of these regions are designated with numbers corresponding to their geographic location in order from north to south. The National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao do not have numerical designations.

Each province is member to the League of Provinces of the Philippines, an organization which aims to address issues affecting provincial and metropolitan government administrations.

List of provinces

Province Capital Region Population
(2007)
Population
rank
Area
(km²)
Area
rank
Pop. density
(per km²)
Pop. density
rank
Abra Bangued CAR 230,953 67 4,198.20 33 55.01 76
Agusan del Norte Cabadbaran Region XIII 612,405 46 3,546.86 40 172.66 49
Agusan del Sur Prosperidad Region XIII 609,447 47 9,989.52 5 61.01 73
Aklan Kalibo Region VI 495,122 57 1,821.42 66 271.83 24
Albay Legazpi Region V 1,190,823 24 2,565.77 57 464.12 11
Antique San Jose de Buenavista Region VI 515,265 54 2,729.17 53 188.8 44
Apayao Kabugao CAR 103,633 77 4,351.23 31 23.82 79
Aurora Baler Region III 187,802 69 3,147.32 47 59.67 74
Basilan Isabela ARMM 496,505 56 2,217.13 59 223.94 37
Bataan Balanga Region III 662,153 43 1,372.98 72 482.27 9
Batanes Basco Region II 15,974 80 219.01 80 72.94 69
Batangas Batangas City Region IV-A 2,245,869 8 3,119.72 48 719.89 7
Benguet La Trinidad CAR 674,459 42 2,826.59 50 238.61 35
Biliran Naval Region VIII 150,031 74 536.01 77 279.9 23
Bohol Tagbilaran Region VII 1,230,110 23 4,820.95 26 255.16 30
Bukidnon Malaybalay Region X 1,190,284 25 10,498.59 4 113.38 62
Bulacan Malolos Region III 2,826,936 4 2,774.85 51 1018.77 5
Cagayan Tuguegarao Region II 1,072,571 28 9,295.75 6 115.38 60
Camarines Norte Daet Region V 513,785 55 2,320.07 58 221.45 38
Camarines Sur Pili Region V 1,693,821 15 5,465.26 19 309.93 20
Camiguin Mambajao Region X 81,293 79 237.95 79 341.64 16
Capiz Roxas Region VI 701,664 39 2,594.64 56 270.43 25
Catanduanes Virac Region V 232,757 66 1,492.16 71 155.99 51
Cavite Imus Region IV-A 2,856,765 3 1,512.41 69 1888.88 2
Cebu Cebu City Region VII 3,848,730 1 5,331.07 22 724.66 6
Compostela Valley Nabunturan Region XI 637,366 44 4,479.77 28 142.28 54
Cotabato Kidapawan Region XII 1,121,974 27 9,008.90 7 124.54 58
Davao del Norte Tagum Region XI 847,440 32 3,426.97 44 247.29 32
Davao del Sur Digos Region XI 2,185,743 10 6,667.06 12 327.84 18
Davao Oriental Mati Region XI 486,104 58 5,670.07 18 85.73 68
Dinagat Islands San Jose Region XIII 120,813 76 1,036.34 74 116.58 59
Eastern Samar Borongan Region VIII 405,114 62 4,640.73 27 87.3 67
Guimaras Jordan Region VI 151,238 73 604.57 76 250.16 31
Ifugao Lagawe CAR 180,711 71 2,628.21 54 68.76 72
Ilocos Norte Laoag Region I 547,284 49 3,504.30 42 156.17 50
Ilocos Sur Vigan Region I 632,255 45 2,595.96 55 243.55 33
Iloilo Iloilo City Region VI 2,110,588 11 4,899.35 25 267.19 26
Isabela Ilagan Region II 1,401,495 18 13,778.76 2 101.71 64
Kalinga Tabuk CAR 182,326 70 3,231.25 46 56.43 75
La Union San Fernando Region I 720,972 36 1,503.75 70 479.45 10
Laguna Santa Cruz Region IV-A 2,473,530 6 1,823.55 65 1356.44 3
Lanao del Norte Tubod Region X 846,329 33 3,824.79 35 221.3 39
Lanao del Sur Marawi ARMM 1,138,544 26 12,051.85 3 94.47 65
Leyte Tacloban Region VIII 1,722,036 14 6,515.05 13 264.32 27
Maguindanao Shariff Aguak ARMM 1,532,868 17 7,623.75 10 201.06 42
Marinduque Boac Region IV-B 229,636 68 952.58 75 241.07 34
Masbate Masbate City Region V 768,939 34 4,151.78 34 185.21 45
Misamis Occidental Oroquieta Region X 531,680 52 2,055.22 63 258.7 29
Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro Region X 1,302,851 19 3,515.70 41 370.58 14
Mountain Province Bontoc CAR 148,661 75 2,157.38 60 68.91 71
Negros Occidental Bacolod Region VI 2,869,766 2 7,965.21 9 360.29 15
Negros Oriental Dumaguete Region VII 1,231,904 22 5,385.53 21 228.74 36
Northern Samar Catarman Region VIII 549,759 48 3,692.93 37 148.87 53
Nueva Ecija Palayan Region III 1,853,853 13 5,751.33 17 322.33 19
Nueva Vizcaya Bayombong Region II 397,837 63 4,378.80 30 90.86 66
Occidental Mindoro Mamburao Region IV-B 421,592 61 5,865.71 16 71.87 70
Oriental Mindoro Calapan Region IV-B 735,769 35 4,238.38 32 173.6 48
Palawan Puerto Princesa Region IV-B 892,660 30 17,030.75 1 52.41 77
Pampanga San Fernando Region III 2,226,444 9 2,044.99 64 1088.73 4
Pangasinan Lingayen Region I 2,645,395 5 5,451.08 20 485.3 8
Quezon Lucena Region IV-A 1,882,900 12 8,926.01 8 210.95 41
Quirino Cabarroguis Region II 163,610 72 3,486.16 43 46.93 78
Rizal Antipolo Region IV-A 2,284,046 7 1,175.76 73 1942.61 1
Romblon Romblon Region IV-B 279,774 65 1,533.45 68 182.45 46
Samar Catbalogan Region VIII 695,149 40 6,048.03 14 114.94 61
Sarangani Alabel Region XII 475,514 59 3,601.25 39 132.04 55
Siquijor Siquijor Region VII 87,695 78 337.49 78 259.84 28
Sorsogon Sorsogon City Region V 709,673 38 2,119.01 62 334.91 17
South Cotabato Koronadal Region XII 1,296,797 20 4,428.81 29 292.81 21
Southern Leyte Maasin Region VIII 390,847 64 1,797.22 67 217.47 40
Sultan Kudarat Isulan Region XII 675,644 41 5,251.34 23 128.66 57
Sulu Jolo ARMM 849,670 31 2,135.25 61 397.93 13
Surigao del Norte Surigao Region XIII 409,468 59 1,972.9 64 207.55 37
Surigao del Sur Tandag Region XIII 541,347 51 4,925.18 24 109.91 63
Tarlac Tarlac City Region III 1,243,449 21 2,736.64 52 454.37 12
Tawi-Tawi Bongao ARMM 450,346 60 3,426.55 45 131.43 56
Zambales Iba Region III 720,355 37 3,714.40 36 193.94 43
Zamboanga del Norte Dipolog Region IX 907,238 29 7,301.00 11 124.26 59
Zamboanga del Sur Pagadian Region IX 1,688,685 16 5,914.16 15 285.53 22
Zamboanga Sibugay Ipil Region IX 546,186 50 3,607.75 38 151.39 52
Metro Manila Manila (Regional center) NCR 11,553,427 -- 636 -- 18747.04 --

NOTES:

  • All population and land area figures include cities independent from provinces. In this table, they are counted as part of the province to which they are often grouped for statistical purposes, but in actuality they are first-level entities on their own right.
  • Metro Manila is included for comparison although it is not a province but an administrative region.
  • Land area figures taken from 2009 IRA computation factors.
  • Population figures taken from National Statistics Office.

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