Political subdivision of a nation or state which is constituted by lawand has substantial control of local affairs, with officials electedor otherwise locally selected.
In the Philippines, it refers to provinces, cities, municipalities,and barangays.
Importance of Local Governments
As local affairs can best be regulated by the people in the localityrather than by the central authority, the grant of local autonomy tolocal units is considered extremely necessary for a more efficientlocal government system.
Territorial and Political Subdivisions of Local Government in the Philippines
several MUNICIPALITIES and some CITIES
In place names barangay is sometimes abbreviated as "Brgy" or"Bgy".
As ofDecember 31,2006there are a total of 41,995 barangays all
over the Philippines.
Conceived during the administration of President FerdinandMarcos, replacing the old barrios and municipal councils. Thebarangays were eventually codified under the 1991LocalGovernment Code.