Telephone numbers in the Philippines

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Philippines telephone numbers
Philippine fixed line area codes.PNG
Fixed-line area codes
Typical format0XX-XXX-YYYY
02-XXXX-YYYY (for area code "02" only)
09XX-XXX-YYYY (mobile phones)
Access codes
Country calling code+63
International call prefix00
Trunk prefix0

Telephone numbers in the Philippines follow an open telephone numbering plan and an open dial plan. Both plans are regulated by the National Telecommunications Commission, an attached agency under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The Philippines is assigned an international dialing code of 63 by ITU-T. Telephone numbers are fixed at eight digits for area code 02, and seven digits for area codes from 03X to 09X, with area codes fixed at one, two, or three digits (a six-digit system was used until the mid-1990s; four to five digits were used in the countryside). Mobile phone numbers are always 10 digits (three digits for the service provider, plus a seven-digit number).

When making long-distance calls in the Philippines, the prefix 0 for domestic calls and 00 for international calls are used.

Fixed-line area codes[edit]

Philippine area codes for fixed-line or landline telephones are fixed at two digits, excluding Metro Manila, the province of Rizal and the cities of Bacoor in Cavite and San Pedro in Laguna, which use the area code 2. Some smaller carriers concentrated within a specific geographic area may issue four- or five-digit area codes, but these are being phased out in favour of the standard two-digit area codes.

Occasionally, a particular area may change area codes. For example, the City of Bacoor in Cavite has been included in the geographical coverage area of area code 2 per the National Telecommunications Commission's Memorandum Order No. 08-09-2011, although almost all fixed-lines in the city still use the old 46 area code due to the poor compliance of PLDT and Globe to the said memorandum order. PLDT's response to the memorandum order is the release of its "Call All Manila SIM", an exclusive wireless landline service for Bacoor residents, however the Barangay Molino VII (Sitio Gawaran) and Sitio Malipay in Molino IV now use area code 2.

Sometimes area codes are shared by a number of local government entities to maximise their use. Some area codes are shared by multiple provinces, as is the case for former sub-provinces like Guimaras and Iloilo; newly carved provinces like Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur; or provinces with small populations like Marinduque and Quezon. In extreme cases, area codes are shared across an island like in Leyte and Samar, or even entire regions, such as with the Cordillera Administrative Region. In order to identify the call's point of origin, the three-digit telephone exchange prefix is checked.

Since the Philippines employs an open dial plan, telephone numbers dialled within a given area code do not require the area code, excluding calls made from mobile phones or pay phones. When dialling other area codes, the domestic long-distance access prefix 0 is added, but when dialling from overseas, the domestic prefix is not included. As such, a typical telephone number in Metro Manila and Rizal would look like this:

  • Within Metro Manila, Rizal, and cities of Bacoor and San Pedro: 8123-4567
  • Outside Metro Manila, Rizal, and cities of Bacoor and San Pedro: 02-8123-4567
  • Overseas calls: +63-2-8123-4567

Since October 6, 2019, all telephone numbers under area 2 had been migrated to eight digits as mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission per Memorandum Order No. 10-10-2017 in order to address the insufficient number of assignable local exchange codes.

The maintenance for the migration from the usual 7-digit number (XXX-YYYY) to 8-digit (PXXX-YYYY) is from 12:00:00 AM to 04:59:59 AM.

It lasted five hours of disconnection on telephones and it will also affect subscription-based virtual telephone numbers (i.e. Globe Duo), SIM card-based Telephone Service (i.e. PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid), #MyNumber (The format is #XXXXX, i.e. #87000 for Jollibee Delivery), FEX Lines, SIP Trunks, ISDN and Vanity Numbers, Including virtual numbers like short-digit numbers (i.e. *1888, which is the PLDT Telephone Support, and 211, which is the Talk2Globe or the Globe Prepaid Help and Support), Toll Free (domestic, international and universal, i.e. 1-800-1-123-4567, in dialing, 00-800-1-123-4567) and Premium numbers such as embassy hotline and 1900 service hotline.[1]

Since October 6, 2019 5 AM, the following telephone number format to be followed:

  • PXXX-YYYY where P is for Public Telecommunication Entity, and the XXX-YYYY is the telephone number.

NTC has assigned the following Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) identifiers:[2][3]

Areas are grouped into seven broad areas determining the first digit of a given area code. These areas and their accompanying area codes are listed below:

Area 2 – National Capital Region, Rizal and Surroundings[edit]

Area 3 – Western and Central Visayas[edit]

Area 4 – Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog (Calabarzon and Mimaropa)[edit]

Area 5 – Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas[edit]

Area 6 – Western and Central Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro and Northern Soccsksargen)[edit]

Area 7 – Northern Luzon (Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region)[edit]

Area 8 – Northern, Eastern and Southern Mindanao (including Davao Region, Caraga and Southern Soccsksargen)[edit]

List of fixed-line area codes[edit]

Mobile phone area codes[edit]

Mobile area codes are three digits long and always start with the number 9, although recently new area codes have been issued with 8 as the starting digit, particularly for VOIP phone numbers. However, the area code indicates the service provider and not necessarily a geographic region. Unlike fixed-line telephones, the long-distance telephone dialling format is always observed when using a mobile phone. Therefore, mobile phone numbers always have the format "+63 966 164-5400" for international callers and "0 966 164-5400" for domestic callers.

Some of the first area codes to be assigned for mobile phones were 912 for Mobiline/Piltel, 915 for Islacom, 917 for Globe Telecom, 918 for Smart Communications, and 973 for Express Telecom.[4] As service began growing rapidly since the 1990s, new codes have been added to meet demand as existing codes have since been exhausted. Newer codes often come immediately after the last code exhausted, but this might not be the case if the next code is already in use. As of June 2021, Globe Telecom launched a new mobile number prefix, 954 assigned to Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi, 953 assigned to TM and 976 assigned to GoMo!. Also, Smart Communications launched a new mobile number prefixes, 951, 963 and 970 assigned to TNT, 964 assigned to PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid, 960, 968 and 969 assigned to Smart Prepaid and 931 assigned to Sun Prepaid (and later it will become Smart Prepaid including TNT). Starting from October 21, 2020, Sun's prepaid service was merged and rebranded into Smart Prepaid, leaving its postpaid service under "Sun" branding.[5] And finally, Dito Telecommunity launched a new mobile number prefixes, 895, 896, 897, 898, 991, 992, 993 and 994 assigned to Dito Prepaid, Dito Postpaid and Dito WiFi Prepaid.

Areas codes are grouped by provider with no single contiguous block of codes for a single provider. The companies and their respective area codes are listed below:

- Inactive      - Defunct     List updated as of June 2021.[6][7][8][9]
D Dito Telecommunity E Express Telecom G Globe Telecom, Globe at Home, TM, Cherry Prepaid, GoMo! N Next Mobile‡ S Smart Communications, PLDT Home, Sun Cellular, TNT
First 2
Third digit
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
89 D D D D
90 G G S S S
91 S S G G G S S
92 S S S S S G G S S
93 S S S S G G G S S
94 S S G S S S S
95 S S G G G G G
96 S S S S G G G S S
97 S E G G G N N
99 D D D D G G G S S

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Update to 8". PLDT. Archived from the original on 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  2. ^ "Eight-Digit Number Format for Landlines and Virtual Numbers". Globe. Archived from the original on 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  3. ^ "NTC Memorandum Order 10-10-2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  4. ^ "".
  5. ^ "Smart Completes Rebranding of Sun Prepaid to Smart Prepaid". ABS-CBN News. October 21, 2020. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  6. ^ Siñel, Caroline (February 4, 2011). "List of Mobile Number Prefixes in the Philippines". TxtBuff News. Archived from the original on 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. ^ "2021 Complete List of Philippine Mobile Network Prefixes". PreFIX PH. February 1, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  8. ^ "Philippine Cell Phone Prefix Access Codes". Archived from the original on 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  9. ^ "List of GLOBE and TM prefixes in the Philippines 🇵🇭". Aide Libon. Retrieved 2021-10-31.

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