Philippines/Mapping conventions/Local government

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LGUs in the Philippines are mapped using a combination of administrative boundary relations and place=* nodes. The boundary relations mark the jurisdiction of the

LGUs. The place=* nodes mark the central location of the LGUs that are considered settlements: cities, municipalities, and rural barangays.

Boundary relation

Tag Usage Examples
Additional required tags
name=* Specifies the common name of the entity. Manila
ref=* Specifies the 9-digit Philippine Standard Geographic Code of the entity. 130000000
wikidata=* Specifies the Wikidata ID corresponding to the entity. Format is "Q". Q1461
Optional tags
official_name=* Specifies the official name of the entity. This can usually be found in the entity's charter or seal.
  • "National Capital Region" for Metro Manila
  • "Science City of Muñoz" for Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
*name:abbr=* Specifies abbreviations for the name(s) of the entity.
is_in=* Specifies the name=* of the higher encompassing major LGU. This tag is redundant because its information can be derived from GIS operations, but it can facilitate easier data use for consumers, and it can also be used for cross-checking and validation.

place=* node

Convention summary

Government entity admin_level=* admin_centre member place=* admin_type:PH=* Maritime extent is_in=* Other remarks
Philippines 2 place=city node of Manila Territorial waters (12 NM from the Philippine archipelagic baselines [RA 9522]). Treaty of Paris limits should not be used. is_in=Asia
Region 3 place=* node of the administrative center city/municipality Municipal waters (15 km from coastline [RA 8550]) is_in=Philippines
Province 4 place=state node of the capital city/municipality province Region (except Basilan) The boundary should exclude Highly Urbanized Cities. Note that this may result in an admin_centre node that is outside the provincial boundary (which is actually the case).
Provincial board district 5 Province
City 6 place=city node of the city; node is located at the city center or downtown area tag place=city on the city node, not the boundary relation Region if Highly Urbanized City; province otherwise
Municipality 6 place=town node of the municipality; node is located at the municipal center or downtown area tag place=town on the municipality node, not the boundary relation municipality Province City/municipal council district 7 Coastline City/municipality
City/municipal administrative district

Districts of Quezon City (Diliman, Cubao, Novaliches, Balintawak,Santa Mesa Heights, La Loma, etc.)

8 place=suburb on the node of the district. It should be on the center of the district. Tag place=suburb on the district node, not the boundary relation. City/municipality
Barangay zone 9 barangay zone City/municipality
Barangay 10 place=village node of the rural barangay; node is located at the barangay central area if rural, tag place=village on the barangay node, not the boundary relation barangay City/municipality
Sitio/purok 11 place=neighbourhood node of the sitio/purok; node is located at the sitio or purok's central area tag place=neighbourhood on the sitio/purok node, not the boundary relation sitio or purok Barangay

Per-entity convention


name=* alt_name=* ref=* (PSGC) wikidata=* official_name=* admin_centre member Other tags
Ilocos Region Region I 010000000 Q12933 San Fernando, La Union
Cagayan Valley Region II 020000000 Q13615 Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Central Luzon Region III 030000000 Q13617 San Fernando, Pampanga
CALABARZON Region IV-A 040000000 Q13650 San Pablo, Laguna
MIMAROPA Region IV-B 170000000 Q13658 Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Bicol Region Region V 050000000 Q13662 Legazpi, Albay
Western Visayas Region VI 060000000 Q13665 Iloilo City
Central Visayas Region VII 070000000 Q13669 Cebu City
Eastern Visayas Region VIII 080000000 Q13675 Tacloban
Zamboanga Peninsula Region IX 090000000 Q13682 Pagadian
Northern Mindanao Region X 100000000 Q13690 Cagayan de Oro
Davao Region Region XI 110000000 Q13694 Davao City
SOCCSKSARGEN Region XII 120000000 Q13701 Koronadal
Caraga Region XIII 160000000 Q13704 Butuan
Cordillera Administrative Region 140000000 Q13606 Baguio name:abbr=CAR
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 150000000 Q13708 Cotabato City name:abbr=ARMM
Metro Manila 130000000 Q13580 National Capital Region Manila official_name:abbr=NCR