Follow us for updates
© 2022
Read the Story →

LIST: Most Vote-Rich Provinces, Cities in the Philippines

Expect candidates to visit these areas soon.
by Erwin Colcol
Dec 9, 2021
Photo/s: Courtesy of Lakas-CMD

(Editor's note: This story contains Comelec figures from the 2019 elections. An updated version of this story can be found here.)

Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos stopped traffic along major thoroughfares in Quezon City as he held a motorcade in Metro Manila's most populous city on Wednesday, hoping to gain the favor of its over one million registered voters.

Quezon City registers the most number of voters in the capital region, and if the results of the last two presidential elections would be the basis, the candidate who wins in this city has a high chance of winning the elections overall.

Both President Rodrigo Duterte and the late President Benigno Aquino III led the Quezon City vote in the 2016 and the 2010 elections, respectively.

While the late movie king Fernando Poe Jr. won in Metro Manila in the 2004 presidential polls, voters from vote-rich provinces in Visayas helped to propel his closest rival, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to victory.

Continue reading below ↓


Will Solid North Vote with Solid South? Bongbong and Sara Test Marcos Playbook

Are You in a Pink or Red Bubble? Here's How to Look Outside It

Teleserye of Dynasty Politics in the Philippines, Explained

Which areas in the country are vote-rich?

The Commission on Elections has yet to release the latest voter registration figures for the 2022 elections. But if the data from the 2019 elections would be used, here are the 20 provinces and cities in the country with the most number of voters:

  1. Cebu - 3.08 million voters
  2. Cavite - 2.15 million voters
  3. Pangasinan - 1.95 million voters
  4. Laguna - 1.90 million voters
  5. Negros Occidental - 1.89 million voters
  6. Bulacan - 1.86 million voters
  7. Batangas - 1.72 million voters
  8. Rizal - 1.62 million voters
  9. Iloilo - 1.53 million voters
  10. Nueva Ecija - 1.46 million voters
  11. Pampanga - 1.46 million voters
  12. Davao Del Sur - 1.41 million voters
  13. Quezon City - 1.33 million voters
  14. Leyte - 1.29 million voters
  15. Quezon Province - 1.28 million voters
  16. Camarines Sur - 1.20 million voters
  17. Zamboanga Del Sur - 1.11 million voters
  18. City of Manila - 1.07 million voters
  19. Isabela - 1.05 million voters
  20. Davao City - 984,604 voters
Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

As the 2022 elections come closer, expect candidates to make multiple trips to these areas, wooing voters through motorcades and rallies to show their rivals that they have what it takes to win the elections.

"Candidates have to convince people or voters that they are strong candidates and they have the capacity to win,” University of the Philippines political science professor Maria Ela Atienza told reportr in an earlier interview.

“With health protocols in place, campaign strategists have to think of other ways to prove to voters that there is a sizeable support for their candidates,” she added.

While the Comelec said it would limit physical interactions between candidates and voters to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the old school way of campaigning through handshakes and sorties would really not go away, according to analysts.

"Kapag may personal touch, kapag may personal interaction, mas nai-increase yung chances na ma-convince ang isang voter na iboto yung candidate," University of the Santo Tomas political science professor Dennis Coronacion told reportr in a previous interview.

Continue reading below ↓

"Kapag nakita ng botante na bumababa sa barangay nila yung kanilang mga kandidato, parang additional pogi points yun sa mga kandidato," he added.

The Comelec earlier issued its guidelines for campaigning in the 2022 elections, including allowing national candidates to use the poll body's official social media channels to hold their virtual rallies.

The poll body is expected to release the official list of candidates for the 2022 elections on Dec. 15.


Here's How the May 9, 2022 Elections Will Go

Is It Okay to Accept Money From Politicians? Check Your Privilege First

Should You Vote with Conscience or Pick the Lesser Evil?

Reportr is now on Quento. Download the app or visit the Quento website for more articles and videos from Reportr and your favorite websites.

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
An exhibit of paintings she received during the campaign.
With the reopening of several local destinations, this app has never been more timely.
He wins the World's Ugliest Dog Contest.
Third crown for the country in the pageant for trans women.
Some relief from rising prices.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.