Do you need to make a call in the Philippines, but you’re not sure about the area code? Or perhaps you are calling from another country, but you don’t know which numbers to dial? Well, don’t worry because in this article, we will talk about telephone area codes in the Philippines.
All telephone numbers in the country are regulated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). Typically, a telephone number consists of seven digits (XXX-YYYY). However, since October 2019, numbers in certain areas were required to follow an eight-digit (XXXX-YYYY) format. These include “area 2” locations, namely: Metro Manila, Rizal, Bacoor (Cavite), and San Pedro (Laguna). All other areas continue to use seven-digit telephone numbers.
To better understand how to use area codes and telephone numbers, let us imagine different scenarios. Specifically, we will be discussing what it’s like to call a number from the same area, from a different province, from outside the Philippines, or while using a mobile phone.
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Calling from the Same Area or Province
If you are calling from the same area or province, there is no need to add any codes to the telephone number. For example, if you are based in Pagsanjan, Laguna and you are calling someone from the same town (Pagsanjan) or province (Laguna), simply dial the person’s number right away. A code is not necessary since you are located within the same area anyway.
Calling from a Different Area or Province
On the other hand, let us suppose that you are calling from a different area or province. This is no longer a local call but rather a “domestic long-distance call.” In this case, you need to add the prefix zero “0” plus the specific area code of your recipient’s telephone number.
For instance, if you are calling a person in Laguna from outside the province, you need to dial “049-XXX-YYYY,” which includes the prefix 0, Laguna area code 49, and the telephone number. Similarly, if you are calling someone in Makati from outside Metro Manila, you need to dial “02-XXXX-YYYY,” which includes the prefix 0, area code 2, and the telephone number.
Calling from Outside the Philippines
To make a call from outside the country, more numbers shall be added. You need to add two zeroes “00” as the prefix for international calls, the numbers “63” as the country code of the Philippines, and the area code of your recipient. Unlike domestic calls, however, it is not necessary to add the prefix 0 to the area code when making an international call.
For example, if you are calling someone in Laguna from outside the Philippines, you need to dial “0063-49-XXX-YYYY.” As you can see, there is no need to add the prefix 0 before area code 49, although the international call prefix 00 and Philippine country code 63 have been added.
Calling from a Mobile Phone
Although this article focuses mainly on “landline” telephone numbers, we’d like to add this section as a side note, especially since many Filipinos use mobile phones. The important thing to remember is this: When calling a telephone number using a mobile phone, you need to include the area code, regardless of your location. For instance, if you are calling someone in Makati, you need to dial “02-XXXX-YYYY,” whether you are inside or outside Metro Manila.
List of Telephone Area Codes
And now, without further ado, here is a list of all the telephone area codes in the Philippines, for your reference:
Caloocan City 2 Las Piñas City 2 Makati City 2 Malabon City 2 Mandaluyong City 2 Manila City 2 Marikina City 2 Muntinlupa City 2 Navotas City 2 Parañaque City 2 Pasay City 2 Pasig City 2 Pateros City 2 Quezon City 2 San Juan City 2 Taguig City 2 Valenzuela City 2 Abra 74 Apayao 78 Benguet 74 Ifugao 74 Kalinga 74 Mt. Province 74 Ilocos Norte 77 Ilocos Sur 77 La Union 72 Pangasinan 75 Cagayan 78 Batanes 78 Isabela 78 Nueva Vizcaya 78 Quirino 78 Aurora 42 Bataan 47 Bulacan 44 Abangan Bulacan 4422 Saint Francis 4463 Nueva Ecija 44 Pampanga 45 Tarlac 45 Batangas 43 Cavite 46 Laguna 49 Majayjay 49305 Liliw 043 43 Quezon 42 Rizal 2 Marinduque 42 Occidental Mindoro 43 Oriental Mindoro 43 Palawan 48 Romblon 54 Albay 52 Camarines Norte 54 Camarines Sur 54 Catanduanes 52 Masbate 56 Sorsogon 56 Aklan 36 Antique 36 Capiz 36 Guimaras 33 Iloilo 34 Negros Occidental 34 Bohol 38 Cebu 32 Negros Oriental 35 Siquijor 35 Biliran 53 Eastern Samar 55 Leyte 53 Northern Samar 55 Samar 55 Southern Leyte 53 Zamboanga del Norte 65 Zamboanga del Sur 62 Zamboanga Sibugay 62 Bukidnon 88 Camiguin 88 Lanao del Norte 63 Misamis Occidental 88 Cagayan de Oro 8822 Gingoog City 8842 8842 Tagoloan 88 Compostela Valley 84 Davao del Norte 84 Davao del Sur 82 Davao Oriental 87 North Cotabato 64 Sarangani 83 South Cotabato 83 Sultan Kudarat 64 Agusan del Norte 85 Agusan del Sur 85 Dinagat Islands 86 Surigao del Norte 86 Surigao del Sur 86 Basilan 62 Lanao del Sur 64 Maguindanao 64 Sulu 85 Tawi-tawi 68
We hope that you find the above information useful! Using this guide and the list of telephone area codes, you can now easily make calls in the Philippines, from inside or outside the country.