Foreign Seniors Ask: HOW MANY CITIES ARE THERE IN THE PHILIPPINES?

Dear Senior Citizen (SC), did you know that there are 145 cities1 in the Philippines? Do you know what they are and their locations? Here’s a table which alphabetically presents the cities, along with their years of ratification, legal class*, province2 and region3.

This post is also for foreigners who would like to know more about the Philippines.

  CITY

Year of Ratifi-cation as a City

 LEGAL  CLASS*   PROVINCE   REGION
Alaminos 2001 CC Pangasinan I – Ilocos
Angeles 1964 HUC Pampanga III – Central Luzon
Antipolo 1998 CC Rizal 4-A – CALABARZON
Bacolod 1938 HUC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Bacoor 2012 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Bago 1966 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Baguio 1909 HUC Benguet CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region
Bais 1968 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
Balanga 2000 CC Bataan III – Central Luzon
Batac 2007 CC Ilocos Norte I – Ilocos
Batangas City 1969 CC Batangas 4-A – CALABARZON
Bayawan 2000 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
Baybay 2007 CC Leyte VIII – Eastern Visayas
Bayugan 2007 CC Agusan del Sur XIII – Caraga
Biñan 2010 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
Bislig 2000 CC Surigao del Sur XIII – Caraga
Bogo 2007 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Borongan 2007 CC Eastern Samar VIII – Eastern Visayas
Butuan 1950 HUC Agusan del Norte XIII – Caraga
Cabadbaran 2007 CC Agusan del Norte XIII – Caraga
Cabanatuan 1950 CC Nueva Ecija III – Central Luzon
Cabuyao 2012 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
Cadiz 1967 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Cagayan de Oro 1950 HUC Misamis Oriental X – Northern Mindanao
Calamba 2001 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
Calapan 1998 CC Oriental Mindoro XVII – Southwestern Tagalog
Calbayog 1948 CC Samar VIII – Eastern Visayas
Caloocan 1962 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Candon 2001 CC Ilocos Sur I – Ilocos
Canlaon 1961 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
Carcar 2007 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Catbalogan 2007 CC Samar VIII – Eastern Visayas
Cauayan 2001 CC Isabela II – Cagayan Valley
Cavite City 1940 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Cebu City 1937 HUC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Cotabato City 1959 ICC Maguindanao XII – SOCCSKSARGEN
Dagupan 1947 ICC Pangasinan I – Ilocos
Danao 1961 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Dapitan 1963 CC Zamboanga

del Norte

IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
Dasmariñas 2009 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Davao City 1937 HUC Davao Del Sur XI – Davao
Digos 2000 CC Davao Del Sur XI – Davao
Dipolog 1970 CC Zamboanga

del Norte

IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
Dumaguete 1948 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
El Salvador 2007 CC Misamis Oriental X – Northern Mindanao
Escalante 2001 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Gapan 2001 CC Nueva Ecija III – Central Luzon
General Santos 1968 HUC South Cotabato XII – SOCCSKSARGEN
General Trias 2015 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Ginggog 1960 CC Misamis Oriental X – Northern Mindanao
Guihulngan 2007 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
Himamaylan 2001 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Ilagan 2012 CC Isabela II – Cagayan Valley
Iligan 1950 HUC Lanao del Norte X – Northern Mindanao
Iloilo City 1937 HUC Iloilo VI – Western Visayas
Imus 2012 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Iriga 1968 CC Camarines Sur V – Bicol
Isabela 2001 CC Basilan IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
Kabankalan 1997 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Kidapawan 1998 CC (North) Cotabato XII – SOCCSKSARGEN
Koronadal 2000 CC South Cotabato XII – SOCCSKSARGEN
La Carlota 1966 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Lamitan 2007 CC Basilan ARMM
Laoag 1966 CC Ilocos Norte I – Ilocos
Lapu-Lapu 1961 HUC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Las Piñas 1997 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Legazpi 1959 CC Albay V – Bicol
Ligao 2001 CC Albay V – Bicol
Lipa 1947 CC Batangas 4-A – CALABARZON
Lucena 1962 HUC Quezon 4-A – CALABARZON
Maasin 2000 CC Southern Leyte VIII – Eastern Visayas
Mabalacat 2012 CC Pampanga III – Central Luzon
Makati 1995 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Malabon 2001 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Malaybalay 1998 CC Bukidnon X – Northern Mindanao
Malolos 1999 CC Bulacan III – Central Luzon
Mandaluyong 1994 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Mandaue 1969 HUC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Manila 1901 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Marawi 1950 CC Lanao del Sur ARMM
Marikina 1996 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Masbate City 2000 CC Masbate V – Bicol
Mati 2007 CC Davao Oriental XI – Davao
Meycauayan 2006 CC Bulacan III – Central Luzon
Muñoz 2000 CC Nueva Ecija III – Central Luzon
Muntinlupa 1995 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Naga 1948 ICC Camarines Sur V – Bicol
Naga 2007 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Navotas 2007 HUC NCR
Olongapo 1966 HUC Zambales III – Central Luzon
Ormoc 1947 ICC Leyte VIII – Eastern Visayas
Oroquieta 1970 CC Misamis Occidental X – Northern Mindanao
Ozamiz 1948 CC Misamis Occidental X – Northern Mindanao
Pagadian 1969 CC Zamboanga del Sur IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
Palayan 1965 CC Nueva Ecija III – Central Luzon
Panabo 2001 CC Davao del Norte XI – Davao
Parañaque 1998 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Pasay 1947 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Pasig 1995 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Passi 1998 CC Iloilo VI – Western Visayas
Puerto Princesa 1970 HUC Palawan XVII – Southwestern Tagalog
Quezon City 1939 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Roxas 1951 CC Capiz VI – Western Visayas
Sagay 1996 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Samal 1998 CC Davao del Norte XI – Davao
San Carlos 1960 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
San Carlos 1966 CC Pangasinan I – Ilocos
San Fernando 1998 CC La Union I – Ilocos
San Fernando 2001 CC Pampanga III – Central Luzon
San Jose 1969 CC Nueva Ecija III – Central Luzon
San Jose del Monte 2000 CC Bulacan III – Central Luzon
San Juan 2007 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
San Pablo 1941 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
San Pedro 2013 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
Santa Rosa 2004 CC Laguna 4-A – CALABARZON
Santiago 1994 ICC Isabela II – Cagayan Valley
Silay 1957 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Sipalay 2001 CC  Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Sorsogon City 2000 CC Sorsogon V – Bicol
Surigao City 1970 CC Surigao del Norte XIII – Caraga
Tabaco 2001 CC Albay V – Bicol
Tabuk 2007 CC Kalinga CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region
Tacloban 1953 HUC Leyte VIII – Eastern Visayas
Tacurong 2000 CC Sultan Kudarat XII – SOCCSKSARGEN
Tagaytay 1938 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Tagbilaran 1966 CC Bohol VII – Central Visayas
Taguig 2004 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Tagum 1998 CC Davao del Norte XI – Davao
Talisay 2000 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Talisay 1998 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Tanauan 2001 CC Batangas 4-A – CALABARZON
Tandag 2007 CC Surigao del Sur XIII – Caraga
Tangub 1968 CC Misamis Occidental X – Northern Mindanao
Tanjay 2001 CC Negros Oriental VII – Central Visayas
Tarlac City 1998 CC Tarlac III – Central Luzon
Tayabas 2007 CC Quezon 4-A – CALABARZON
Toledo 1960 CC Cebu VII – Central Visayas
Trece Martires 1956 CC Cavite 4-A – CALABARZON
Tuguegarao 1999 CC Cagayan II – Cagayan Valley
Urdaneta 1998 CC Pangasinan I – Ilocos
Valencia 2000 CC Bukidnon X – Northern Mindanao
Valenzuela 1998 HUC NCR – National Capital Region
Victorias 1998 CC Negros Occidental VI – Western Visayas
Vigan 2001 CC Ilocos Sur I – Ilocos
Zamboanga City 1937 HUC Zamboanga del Sur IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

Legend: Legal Classes – CC –Component City4; ICC – Independent Component City5;HUC – Highly Urbanized City6

See my related posts – simply click the links below, so you will know more about the regions3 and provinces2 of the Philippines.

Well, dear Senior Citizens (SCs), how many of these cities have you visited? I have computed that if we visit one city per week, it would take us 3 years and 1 week to visit all our cities. Let’s start soon, ok?

Do visit related posts: Foreign Seniors Ask: WHAT ARE THE REGIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES? and Foreign Seniors Ask: WHAT ARE PROVINCES IN THE PHILIPPINES?

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1A city is the local government unit in the Philippines headed by a mayor elected by popular vote. A vice mayor serves as the presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council), which serves as the city’s legislative body. Congress is the only legislative entity that can incorporate a city in the country. All Philippine cities are chartered cities7,generally are more autonomous and are given a bigger share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) compared to regular municipalities8. Upon receiving its charter, a city also receives a full complement of executive departments to best serve its constituents. A city is governed by both the Local Government Code of 1991 and its own municipal charter9, under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. There are 145 cities, as of 2016, in the country: 33 are highly urbanized6; 5 areindependent component5 and 107 are component cities4 of the provinces2 in which they are geographically located. NOTE: If the population of a city reaches 250,000, a city is entitled to at least one representative in the Philippine House of Representatives. The income classes for cities, based on average annual income for a 4-year period, are: first class city (400 million pesos or more); second class city (320 million but less than 400 million pesos); third class city (240 million but less than 320 million pesos); fourth class city (160 million but less than 240 million pesos); fifth class city (80 million but less than 160 million pesos); and, sixth class city (below 80 million pesos). All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10

2A province is the primary administrative and political division in the Philippines. It is the second-level administrative sub-division of a region3. There are 81 provinces (called “lalawigan”) in the Philippines. Each province is governed by an elected legislature called the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and by an elected governor. NOTE: A province in thePhilippines is divided into cities and municipalities8 (or towns), which in turn, are divided into barangays11, formerly called barrios. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Provinces of the Philippines.”12

3A region is the first-order administrative division in the Philippines. There are 18 regions in the Philippines, based on geographical, cultural and ethnological characteristics. NOTE: It is further subdivided in provinces2, composed of cities and municipalities8 (or towns), which in turn, are divided into barangays11, formerly called barrios. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Regions of the Philippines.”13

4A component city (CC) is a type of city1 in the Philippines which does not meet the requirements of a highly urbanized city6. It is under the jurisdiction of a province2. If such a city is located along the boundaries of 2 or more provinces, it shall be considered part of the province of which it used to be a municipality8. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10

5An independent component city (ICC) is a type of city1 in the Philippines which is autonomous from the province in which it is geographically located and has a charter that explicitly prohibits its residents to vote for provincial officials (unless allowed to do so). It does not meet the requirements of a highly urbanized city6. There are 5 such cities in the country: Cotabato, Dagupan, Naga, Ormoc, and Santiago. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10

6A highly urbanized city (HUC) is a type of city1 in the Philippines with a minimum population of 200,000 as certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and with the latest annual income of at least 50 million pesos. There are currently 33 such cities in the Philippines (see table). All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10

7A chartered city is a type of city1 in the Philippines which exists as an administrative and a corporate entity governed by its own specific municipal charter9, along with the Local Government Code of 1991 which specifies its administrative structure and powers. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10

8A municipality is a small, single urban administrative division, or local government unit (LGU), in the Philippines which has corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by law. It is a unit under a province2, subdivided into barangays11, and is locally called “bayan”. In the Philippines, a municipality is headed by a mayor, a vice mayor and members of the Sangguniang Bayan (legislative branch). It can enact local policies and laws, enforce them, and govern its jurisdictions. It can enter into contracts and other transactions through its elected and appointed officials and can tax as well. It enforces all local and national laws. There are almost 1,500 municipalities in the Philippines and there are 6 income classes of municipalities in the country, based on annual income: first class municipality (with at least 400 million pesos); second class municipality (between 320 million -less than 400 million); third class municipality (between 240 million -less than 320 million pesos); fourth class municipality (between 160 million -less than 240 million pesos); fifth class municipality (between 80 million -less than 160 million pesos); and, sixth class municipality (below 80 million). All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Municipalities of the Philippines.”14

9A municipal charter is a legal document (charter) establishing a city1 in the Philippines. The Philippine Congress has established cities since 1946 with majority holding a plebiscite among the city’s voting population to ratify city charters.

10“Cities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_of_the_Philippines.

11A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines, headed by a barangay captain, aided by a Sangguniang Barangay (Barangay Council). It is the native Filipino term for a district or village. It was formerly called a barrio. In a metropolitan area, a barangay is an inner city neighborhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood. NOTE: The word barangay originated from the term “balangay”, a kind of boat used by a group of Austronesian people who migrated to the Philippines. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Barangay.”15

12“Provinces of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_the_Philippines.

13“Regions of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regions_of_the_Phjilippines.

14“Municipalities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipalities_of_the_Philippines.

15“Barangay,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barangay.

I will provide links for my posts: 17 Regions of the Philippines

and 81 Provinces of the Philippines

 

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