Cities of the Philippines

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A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. Cities are in the same heirarchical level as municipalities, but under the Local Government Code of 1991, cities are given special treatment in terms of bigger share from the internal revenue allotment (IRA) which forms part of the city's budget. Cities, like municipalities, are composed of barangays and are governed by elective officials such as Mayor as Local Chief Executive, Vice-Mayor, and councilors as well as appointive officials heading the different local offices under them.

A number of cities in the country act independently from their provinces and are largely self-governing. They are classified as chartered cities. They have their own representatives in the Congress. Examples of these are Tagaytay City and Valenzuela City. A significant proportion of these chartered cities are also classified as HUCs, or Highly Urbanized cities. Manila, Quezon City, and Baguio are examples of these cities. The second type of cities are component cities, which are part of a province are are thus governed as part of the latter. They do not enjoy much autonomy and representation in the Congress as chartered cities. They depend on their mother provincial government for support and representation. Examples are Tarlac City in Tarlac province, and Palayan City, in Nueva Ecija province. There are, however, some component cities that are somewhat independent, like Ormoc City in Leyte.

Quezon City, in Metro Manila is the most populous city in the Philippines with over 2,000,000 residents. Davao City, is one of the largest cities in the world in terms of land area, occupying more than 2,500 square kilometers.

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League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP)

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is a non-profit organization and is not a government agency. It has a membership of 84 cities and was founded in 1988. The organization was formed to help coordinate efforts to improve governance and local autonomy and to tackle issues such as preserving the environment and improving public works.

List of Cities

As of December 2004, there are 117 cities in the Philippines.

Note: Independent cities are listed below with the provinces in which they used to be part of, such as Baguio City in Benguet, Zamboanga City in Zamboanga del Sur, Angeles City in Pampanga, and Davao City in Davao del Sur.

Alphabetical

By province

Metro Manila
Agusan del Norte
Albay
Basilan
Bataan
Batangas
Benguet
Bohol
Bukidnon
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Sur
Capiz
Cavite
Cebu
Cotabato
Davao
Davao del Sur
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Iloilo
Isabela
La Union
Laguna
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Leyte province
Maguindanao
Masbate
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Nueva Ecija
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Pampanga
Pangasinan
Quezon
Rizal
Samar
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Tarlac
Zambales
Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur

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