ELECTIONS 2022: Who to woo? Vote-rich provinces, cities, and regions

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FILE PHOTO: A voter used a magnifying glass on his ballot before fillint out inside a classrom in a public school during a national elections in San Juan city, metro Manila in the Philippines May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
FILE PHOTO: A voter used a magnifying glass on his ballot before fillint out inside a classrom in a public school during a national elections in San Juan city, metro Manila in the Philippines May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

With the May 9 elections coming up, candidates for national positions are trying to woo the 67.5 million Filipinos from all over the country and overseas.

The elections, which will be held in different poll precincts in and out of the country, will also determine the successors of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo as the 17th President and 15th Vice President of the Philippines.

The winning candidates will lead the country through pandemic recovery and the seemingly unstoppable slew of disinformation and misinformation on social media and newly sprouted news websites.

Every vote counts, and here are the most vote-rich regions, provinces, and cities based on the most recent Commission on Elections (COMELEC) data.

Vote-rich provinces

(Source: Yahoo Philippines)
(Source: Yahoo Philippines)

The province of Cebu leads the list of most vote-rich provinces, with around 3.288 million registered voters. This translates to roughly 206,000 more voters in the province than in 2019.

Here are the provinces joining Cebu in the top 10 vote-rich provinces along with the number of registered voters:

  1. Cebu – 3,288,778

  2. Cavite – 2,302,353

  3. Pangasinan – 2,096,936

  4. Laguna – 2,045,687

  5. Bulacan – 2,007,523

  6. Negros Occidental – 1,946,639

  7. Batangas – 1,819,071

  8. Iloilo – 1,628,752

  9. Rizal – 1,601,962

  10. Pampanga – 1,580,473

The 10 most vote-rich provinces have a total of 20.318 million voters, nearly one-third of the country’s voter population for the May 9 elections.

Vote-rich cities

(Source: Yahoo Philippines)
(Source: Yahoo Philippines)

Quezon City fronts the list of vote-rich cities, with its total number of voters surpassing one million. Together with Manila, the two are the only cities with votes breaching one million.

Other cities joining Quezon City in the top 10 vote-rich cities are:

  1. Quezon City – 1,403,895

  2. City of Manila – 1,133,042

  3. City of Davao – 992,538

  4. City of Cebu – 733,044

  5. City of Caloocan – 700,279

  6. City of Antipolo – 471,250

  7. City of Makati – 458,362

  8. City of Pasig – 457,370

  9. City of Taguig – 449,359

  10. City of Zamboanga – 445,240

Vote-rich regions

(Source: Yahoo Philippines)
(Source: Yahoo Philippines)

Region-wise, Calabarzon or Region IV-A still has the most number of voters among Philippine regions, having increased its voter count to 9.193 million in the 2022 elections, from 8.674 million in 2019.

Here are the provinces joining Calabarzon in the top 10 vote-rich provinces along with the number of registered voters:

  1. Calabarzon – 9,193,096

  2. NCR – 7,322,361

  3. Central Luzon – 7,289,791

  4. Central Visayas – 5,249,066

  5. Western Visayas – 5,026,482

  6. Bicol Region – 3,910,261

  7. Ilocos Region – 3,546,764

  8. Davao Region – 3,236,251

  9. Eastern Visayas – 3,166,260

  10. Northern Mindanao – 3,060,485

In 2019, 71.25% voted from the top vote-rich region, while NCR garnered only 69.47% in voters’ turnout.

During the 2019 elections only 46.937 million out of 61.843 million registered voters cast their ballots. In Quezon City, only 68.26% of the total voters actually voted, according to COMELEC data. The commission pegged the voter turnout at the national level at only 75.9%.

The government and poll-watching organizations are now encouraging Filipinos to vote despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as the restrictions have gone down.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings.

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