The smallest region in terms of land area, the National Capital Region is located at the central part of Luzon Island. It is bounded on the north
by the province of Bulacan, on the east by the province of Rizal, on the south by the provinces of
Laguna and Cavite, and on the west by
It was on November 7, 1975, under Presidential Decree No. 824, that 4 cities and 13 municipalities
became "Metro Manila" under the administration of the Metro Manila Commission. Of those 13 municipalities, 12 have
become cities which now makes the present composition of Metro Manila into 16 cities and one Municipality namely Pateros.
National Government Offices are scattered in Manila and Quezon City with the Senate being in Pasay City.
Metro Manila is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Being a cosmopolitan city, almost all the cultural groups
of the country are represented and many foreigners including Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Europeans,
Indians, and Arabs have become residents here.
Metro Manila, aside from being the seat of the national government, is also the commercial, industrial, and financial
center of the country. All the major banks and other financial institutions are headquartered here. Although its land area does not
represent one percent of the total area of the country, almost a third of the national economy is produced in this region.
Economic factsheet of National Capital Region, 2007
|Gross Regional Domestic Product (in billion pesos at current prices)|
| Total ||2,478||100%|
|Electricity, Gas, and Water||65.5||2.65%|
|Employment Data (figure in thousands)|
|Total Employed ||4,128|
|Unemployment Rate ||10.6%|
|Underemployment Rate ||11.6%|
Benchmarking Metro Manila
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|Land Area (sq. km)||636 ||683||1,093|
|Population (mil, 2007)||11.5||4.5||6.9|
|GDP (bil., US$, 2007)||53||141||261|
|Source: geotayo Research and The World Almanac, 2008 ed.|
Metro Manila Skyline
Pasig River runs through Metro Manila from east to west.
Old sections of Metro Manila like this area near Quiapo Church are always full of people,
High rise buildings in Makati, the financial capital of the country.
Heavy traffic is a daily phenomenon around Metro Manila.
Metro Manila Cities : Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela
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