Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How the Philippines are Administratively Divided And Other Cool Facts

This post is describing how the Philippines are administratively divided. This is a topic that may interest some and bore others! However, it something of interest to me when I visit a new country or at least study about it. 

Administrative divisions

The Philippines are divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Then the Philippines is divided into, from the highest division to the lowest: autonomous regions, regular administrative regions do not have political power, provinces and independent cities, municipalities and component cities, and barangays. As of March 2010, these islands were divided into 17 regions, 80 provinces, 138 cities, 1,496 municipalities, and 42,025 barangays. A barangay (Filipino: baranggay, [baɾaŋˈɡaj]) is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays, and they may be further subdivided into smaller areas called purók (English: zone), and sitio, which is a territorial enclave inside a barangay, especially in rural areas. In writing, barangay is sometimes abbreviated to "Brgy." or "Bgy.". As of June 28, 2011 there are a total of 42,026 barangays throughout the Philippines.

For those of you who like diagrams here you go:

Government Hierarchy

Region Names

Regions of the Philippines

General Facts of Interest About the Two Cities That I Spend Most of My Time In

Davao City (Where my apartment is)

The City of Davao (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw ; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Dabaw) is the largest city in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Its international airport and seaports are among
the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city serves as the regional center for Davao Region (Region XI). It has a population of 1,525,665 (2011 estimates), making it the country's largest city outside Metro Manila and the second overall with the cities of Metro Manila combined. In recent years, Davao City has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. The City Mayors Foundation ranks Davao City as the 87th fastest growing city in the world, and it has been listed by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th "Asian City of the Future". The city has beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo. It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the Most Livable City in the Philippines in 2008.

Name's History

Local historians of Davao claim that the word davao came from the phonetic blending of the word of three Bagobo subgroups when referring to Davao River, an essential waterway which empties itself into Davao Gulf near the city. The aboriginal Obos who inhabit the hinterlands of the region called the river, Davoh; the Clatta or Guiangans called it Duhwow, or Davau, and the Tagabawa Bagobos, Dabu. To the Obos, the word davoh also means a place "beyond the high grounds", alluding to the settlements located at the mouth of Davao River which were surrounded by high rolling hills. When asked where they were going, the usual reply is davoh, while pointing towards the direction of the town. Duhwow also refers to a trading settlement where they barter their forest goods in exchange for salt or other commodities.

Panabo City (Where Janlie is from, and her family lives)

Panabo City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Panabo, Filipino: Lungsod ng Panabo) is a 4th class city near Davao City in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. The city has an area of 249 square kilometers. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 159,456 people in 27,225 households.


Long before the rich lowland was discovered by civilization, a group of stocky-haired aborigines called aetas have already staked a claim and declared this place their own. Far from being civilized, these aetas led nomadic life and co-existed with the living creatures of the wilds. They have few wants and were easily satisfied. With the use of their bow and arrow - "PANA-SA-BOBOY" as they call it - they hunted for food which primarily consisted of rootcrops and meat of wild boars. "Pana-Sa-Boboy" was their most essential tool and it became part of their life. When the Christian settlers came at the onset of the century, these friendly natives moved further to the hinterlands and along with them their "pana-sa-boboy". These later evolved into present day name PANABO.

Panabo Demographics Compared To Davao


Panabo In Relation To Davao 

My Location On Mindanao (Southern Most Island)

My Location In Relation To The Entire Philippine Islands

My Location In Relation To The United States And Surrounding Countries 

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