Barangay

A barangay (/bɑːrɑːŋˈɡ/; abbreviated as Brgy. or Bgy.), historically referred to as barrio (abbreviated as Bo.), is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district, or ward. In metropolitan areas, the term often refers to an inner city neighborhood, a suburb, or a suburban neighborhood.[5] The word barangay originated from balangay, a type of boat used by a group of Austronesian peoples when they migrated to the Philippines.[6]

Barangay
  • Also known as:
  • Barrio
Number of barangays per Philippine province
CategoryVillage
LocationPhilippines
Found inMunicipalities, cities, and barangay districts
Created
Number42,046[2] (as of 2020)
Populations2 (Brgy. 76)[lower-alpha 2][3] – 261,729 (Bagong Silang)[lower-alpha 3]
Areas0.14 ha (0.0014 km2) (Malusak) – 524.68 ha (5.2468 km2) (Bagong Silang)[lower-alpha 3]
Government
Subdivisions

Municipalities and cities in the Philippines are subdivided into barangays, with the exception of the municipalities of Adams in Ilocos Norte and Kalayaan in Palawan, with each containing a single barangay. Barangays are sometimes informally subdivided into smaller areas called purok (English: "zone"), or barangay zones consisting of a cluster of houses for organizational purposes, and sitios, which are territorial enclaves—usually rural—far from the barangay center. As of March 2021, there are 42,046 barangays throughout the Philippines.[2]