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Central Luzon
Luzon
(Tagalog: Gitnang Luzon, Kapampangan: Kalibudtang Luzon; Pangasinan: Pegley na Luzon; Ilokano: Tengnga a Luzon), designated as Region III, is an administrative region in the Philippines, primarily serving to organize the 7 provinces of the vast central plains of the island of Luzon
Luzon
(the largest island), for administrative convenience. The region contains the largest plain in the country and produces most of the country's rice supply, earning itself the nickname "Rice Granary of the Philippines".[1] Its provinces are: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac
Tarlac
and Zambales.[4]

Contents

1 Overview 2 Demographics

2.1 Religion

3 Administrative divisions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Overview[edit] Central Luzon
Luzon
Region is located north of Manila, the nation's capital. Bordering it are the regions of Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
Cagayan Valley
to the north; National Capital Region, CALABARZON
CALABARZON
and the waters of Manila Bay to the south; South China Sea
South China Sea
to the west; and the Philippine Sea to the east.[5] Pangasinan
Pangasinan
was once part of this region, before being transferred to the Ilocos Region
Ilocos Region
by President Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
on June 22 of 1973.[6] There are fourteen cities in the region: Balanga in Bataan; Malolos, Meycauayan
Meycauayan
and San Jose del Monte
San Jose del Monte
in Bulacan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan
Palayan
and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Angeles, Mabalacat
Mabalacat
and San Fernando in Pampanga; Tarlac
Tarlac
in Tarlac; and Olongapo
Olongapo
in Zambales. Central Luzon
Luzon
produces the most rice in the whole country. Excess rice is delivered and imported to other provinces of the Philippines.[7] The City of San Fernando, provincial capital of Pampanga, is designated as the regional center. Aurora was transferred from Region IV through Executive Order No. 103 on May 2002.[8] Demographics[edit]

Population census of Central Luzon

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1990 6,338,590 —    

2000 8,204,742 +2.61%

2010 10,137,737 +2.14%

2015 11,218,177 +1.95%

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[9][10]

Religion[edit] Eighty percent of the population of Central Luzon
Luzon
is Roman Catholic. Other religions represented are Protestants (including Evangelicals), Islam, and Iglesia Ni Cristo. The Members Church of God International (also known by many as Ang Dating Daan) headquarters is located in Apalit, Pampanga
Pampanga
where most members are. There are also other denominations such as Jesus Is Lord, Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ, Jesus Miracle Crusade, United Methodist Church and others. Administrative divisions[edit]

Political map of Central Luzon

Central Luzon
Luzon
comprises 7 provinces, 2 highly urbanized cities, 12 component cities, 116 municipalities, 3,102 barangays[11]

Province or HUC Capital Population (2015)[10] Area[12] Density Cities Muni. Bgy.

km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi

Aurora Baler 7000190000000000000♠1.9% 214,336 3,147.32 1,215.19 68 180 0 8 151

Bataan Balanga 7000680000000000000♠6.8% 760,650 1,372.98 530.11 550 1,400 1 11 237

Bulacan Malolos 7001293000000000000♠29.3% 3,292,071 2,796.10 1,079.58 1,200 3,100 3 21 569

Nueva Ecija Palayan 7001192000000000000♠19.2% 2,151,461 5,751.33 2,220.60 370 960 5 27 849

Pampanga San Fernando 7001196000000000000♠19.6% 2,198,110 2,002.20 773.05 1,100 2,800 2 19 505

Tarlac Tarlac
Tarlac
City 7001122000000000000♠12.2% 1,366,027 3,053.60 1,179.00 450 1,200 1 17 511

Zambales Iba 7000530000000000000♠5.3% 590,848 3,645.83 1,407.66 160 410 0 13 230

Angeles † — 7000370000000000000♠3.7% 411,634 60.27 23.27 6,800 18,000 — — 33

Olongapo † — 7000210000000000000♠2.1% 233,040 185.00 71.43 1,300 3,400 — — 17

Total 11,218,177 22,014.63 8,499.90 510 1,300 14 116 3,102

 †  Angeles and Olongapo
Olongapo
are highly-urbanized cities; figures are excluded from Pampanga
Pampanga
and Zambales
Zambales
respectively.

Cities The Central Luzon
Luzon
Region has fourteen cities. San Jose del Monte
San Jose del Monte
is the city with the most population while Angeles is the most densely populated city in the region. Tarlac
Tarlac
City is the largest based on land area.

City Population (2015)[10] Area[13] Density City class Income class Province

km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi

Angeles 411,634 60.27 23.27 6,800 18,000 Highly Urbanized 1st Pampanga

Balanga 96,061 111.63 43.10 860 2,200 Component 4th Bataan

Cabanatuan 302,231 192.29 74.24 1,600 4,100 Component 1st Nueva Ecija

Gapan 110,303 164.44 63.49 670 1,700 Component 4th Nueva Ecija

Mabalacat 250,799 83.18 32.12 3,000 7,800 Component 1st Pampanga

Malolos 252,074 67.25 25.97 3,700 9,600 Component 1st Bulacan

Meycauayan 209,083 32.10 12.39 6,500 17,000 Component 1st Bulacan

Muñoz 81,483 163.05 62.95 500 1,300 Component 4th Nueva Ecija

Olongapo 233,040 185.00 71.43 1,300 3,400 Highly Urbanized 1st Zambales

Palayan 41,041 101.40 39.15 400 1,000 Component 5th Nueva Ecija

San Fernando 306,659 67.74 26.15 4,500 12,000 Component 1st Pampanga

San Jose 139,738 185.99 71.81 750 1,900 Component 2nd Nueva Ecija

San Jose del Monte 574,089 105.53 40.75 5,400 14,000 Component 1st Bulacan

Tarlac
Tarlac
City 342,493 274.66 106.05 1,200 3,100 Component 1st Tarlac

See also[edit]

2007 Central Luzon
Luzon
hog cholera outbreak Super regions of the Philippines

References[edit]

^ a b Edenhofer, Ottmar; Wallacher, Johannes; Lotze-Campen, Hermann; Reder, Michael; Knopf, Brigitte; Müller, Johannes (2012-06-25). Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability: Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 206. ISBN 9789400745407.  ^ "DILG Region 3 - Regional Management". Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved May 29, 2016.  ^ "Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population (Region 3)". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved May 29, 2016.  ^ "Central Luzon, Region III, Philippines". flagspot.net.  ^ "Region III, Central Luzon, Geographical Location". evis.net.ph.  ^ "Presidential Decree № 224". Retrieved November 5, 2016.  ^ "REGION III (Central Luzon)". National Statistical Coordination Board.  ^ "Executive Order No. 103; Dividing Region IV into Region IV-A and Region IV-B, Transferring the Province of Aurora to Region III and for Other Purposes". Philippine Statistics Authority. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 29 March 2016. SECTION 4. The Province of Aurora is hereby transferred to and shall form part of Region III.  ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines
Philippines
and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.  ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.  ^ "List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 2011.  ^ "PSGC Interactive; List of Provinces". Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2016.  ^ "PSGC Interactive; List of Cities". Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Central Luzon
Luzon
(Region III)

Regional Center

San Fernando

Provinces

Aurora Bataan Bulacan Nueva Ecija Pampanga Tarlac Zambales

Highly Urbanized Cities

Angeles Olongapo

Component Cities

Balanga Cabanatuan Gapan Mabalacat Malolos Meycauayan Muñoz Palayan San Fernando San Jose San Jose del Monte Tarlac
Tarlac
City

Provincial Capitals

Balanga Baler Iba Malolos Palayan San Fernando Tarlac
Tarlac
City

Municipalities

Abucay Aliaga Anao Angat Apalit Arayat Bacolor Bagac Balagtas Baler Baliuag Bamban Bocaue Bongabon Botolan Bulakan Bustos Cabangan Cabiao Calumpit Camiling Candaba Candelaria Capas Carranglan Casiguran Castillejos Concepcion Cuyapo Dilasag Dinalungan Dinalupihan Dingalan Dipaculao Doña Remedios Trinidad Floridablanca Gabaldon General Mamerto Natividad General Tinio Gerona Guagua Guiguinto Guimba Hagonoy Hermosa Iba Jaen La Paz Laur Licab Limay Llanera Lubao Lupao Macabebe Magalang Maria Aurora Marilao Mariveles Masantol Masinloc Mayantoc Mexico Minalin Moncada Morong Nampicuan Norzagaray Obando Orani Orion Palauig Pandi Paniqui Pantabangan Paombong Peñaranda Pilar Plaridel Porac Pulilan Pura Quezon Ramos Rizal Samal San Antonio (Nueva Ecija) San Antonio (Zambales) San Clemente San Felipe San Ildefonso San Isidro San Jose (Tarlac) San Leonardo San Luis (Aurora) San Luis (Pampanga) San Manuel San Marcelino San Miguel San Narciso San Rafael San Simon Santa Ana Santa Cruz Santa Ignacia Santa Maria Santa Rita Santa Rosa Santo Domingo Santo Tomas Sasmuan Subic Talavera Talugtug Victoria Zaragoza

Luzon, Republic of the Philippines

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Regions of the Philippines

Luzon

I – Ilocos Region II – Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley III – Central Luzon IV-A – Calabarzon Mimaropa
Mimaropa
– Southwestern Tagalog Region V – Bicol Region CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region NCR – National Capital Region

Visayas

VI – Western Visayas VII – Central Visayas VIII – Eastern Visayas

Mindanao

IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – Soccsksargen XIII – Caraga ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Former regions

NIR – Negros Island Region Southern Tagalog

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  Administrative divisions of the Philippines

Capital

Manila
Manila
(National Capital Region)

Island groups

Luzon Visayas Mindanao

Regions

Administrative

I – Ilocos Region II – Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley III – Central Luzon IV-A – Calabarzon Mimaropa
Mimaropa
– Southwestern Tagalog Region V – Bicol Region VI – Western Visayas VII – Central Visayas VIII – Eastern Visayas IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – Soccsksargen XIII – Caraga CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region NCR – National Capital Region

Autonomous

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Provinces

Abra Agusan del Norte Agusan del Sur Aklan Albay Antique Apayao Aurora Basilan Bataan Batanes Batangas Benguet Biliran Bohol Bukidnon Bulacan Cagayan Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Camiguin Capiz Catanduanes Cavite Cebu Compostela Valley Cotabato Davao del Norte Davao del Sur Davao Occidental Davao Oriental Dinagat Islands Eastern Samar Guimaras Ifugao Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Iloilo Isabela Kalinga La Union Laguna Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur Leyte Maguindanao Marinduque Masbate Misamis Occidental Misamis Oriental Mountain Province Negros Occidental Negros Oriental Northern Samar Nueva Ecija Nueva Vizcaya Occidental Mindoro Oriental Mindoro Palawan Pampanga Pangasinan Quezon Quirino Rizal Romblon Samar Sarangani Siquijor Sorsogon South Cotabato Southern Leyte Sultan Kudarat Sulu Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Tarlac Tawi-Tawi Zambales Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Sibugay

Cities

List of cities in the Philippines

Municipalities

List of cities and municipalities in the Philippines

Barangays

Lists of barangays by province Poblacion

Other subdivisions

Puroks Sitios List of primary LGUs Legislative districts Metropolitan areas

Historical

Former provinces Formally proposed provinces Negros Island Region Sout

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