Calling to the Philippines
- A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in the Philippines for domestic long distance calls.
- A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
- Calling from a mobile phone: dial from on the country where you're currently located.
- Calling from a VoIP or satellite phone: dial from on the country where the phone is registered.
The Philippines’ country code may be mis-labelled:
- Country code 0063 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by the Philippines’ country code of ’63’).
- Country code 01163 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by the Philippines country code of ’63’).
When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.
… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text
Use the same call sequence.
Filipino mobile phone numbers begin with area code ‘9’ and are two digits. The second and third digit of a mobile phone numbers is specific to the mobile phone provider.
When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.
… to a VoIP phone
VoIP phone numbers based in the Philippines are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.
There are no designated VoIP exchanges in the Philippines.
When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.
… to a satellite phone
The Philippines does not have a country-speicifc satellite phone system.
Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.
… sending a fax
Use the same call sequence.
Calling within the Philippines (domestic dialing)
‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling between area codes in the Philippines.
Local calling (within the same area code)
The trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code is not included in the call when calling within the same area code.
|local phone number|
Long distance calling (between different area codes, or between landline and mobile phones)
Use the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code in the call sequence if calling to a phone number in another area code.
|0||one to three digits||seven digits|
|trunk prefix||area code||local phone number|
Filipino phone numbers explained
Filipino phone numbers are eight to ten digits. The first one to four digits are a geographic (area) code.
Mobile numbers have three digit area codes beginning ‘9’ (as well as area code ‘817’). They are dialed the same way as all other numbers in the Philippines.
An example of a Filipino phone number
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila lists its phone number in Manila as 2 708-7829.
|country code for the Philippines||area (geographic) code for Manila||local phone number within Manila|
Local example – calling from another location in Manila
Only the local phone number is dialed when calling within the same area code. The trunk prefix ‘0’ and area code are not included in the call sequence.
|local phone number within Manila|
Long distance example – calling from Cebu, Philippines (on the other side of the country)
The trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code are included in the call sequence when dialing a call from one area code to another.
|trunk prefix||area (geographic) code for Manila||local phone number within Manila|
International example – calling from outside the Philippines
When calling from outside the Philippines, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the country code ’63’ and the local phone number.
|exit code||63||2||708 7829|
|exit code of the country the call is dialed from||country code for the Philippines||area (geographic) code for Manila||local phone number within Manila|
Area 2 – National Capital Region, Rizal and Surroundings
Area 3 – Western Visayas, Negros Island Region and Central Visayas
- 32: Cebu
- 33: Iloilo, Guimaras
- 34: Negros Occidental
- 35: Negros Oriental, Siquijor
- 36: Aklan, Antique, Capiz
- 38: Bohol
Area 4 – Central Luzon, Calabarzon (except Rizal) and Mimaropa
- 42: Aurora, Marinduque, Quezon, Romblon
- 43: Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro
- 44: Bulacan (except Obando), Nueva Ecija
- 45: Pampanga, Tarlac
- 46: Cavite
- 47: Bataan, Zambales
- 48: Palawan
- 49: Laguna (except San Pedro)
Area 5 – Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas
- 52: Albay, Catanduanes
- 53: Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte
- 54: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur
- 55: Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar
- 56: Masbate, Sorsogon
Area 6 – Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM and Northern Part of Soccskargen
- 62: Basilan, Zamboanga del Sur (including Zamboanga City), Zamboanga Sibugay
- 63: Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur
- 64: Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat
- 65: Zamboanga del Norte
- 68: Sulu, Tawi-Tawi
Area 7 – Northernmost part of Luzon (Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region)
- 72: La Union
- 74: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province
- 75: Pangasinan
- 77: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur
- 78: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino
Area 8 – Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Caraga and Southern Part of Soccskargen
- 82: Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental
- 83: Sarangani, South Cotabato
- 84: Davao del Norte
- 85: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur
- 86: Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur
- 87: Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental
- 88: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental
Phone numbers, directories, and number lookup
- Philippines Yellow Pages– yellow pages business directory for the Philippines. Allows for search by category and city.
- Contact Numbers PH – a collection of contact numbers in the Philippines. Includes police and fire, as well as associations and government listings.
- Wikipilipinas Phillipine Government Office Directory – offices of the government of the Philippines from a local wiki directory.
- … see more
Calling from the Philippines
’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from the Philippines.
Administrative and regulatory
- National Telecommunications Commission – ministry responsible for telecommunications in the Philippines.
- APT (Asia-Pacific Telecommunity) – Intergovernmental organization that works with government, manufacturing, and research & development in the telecommunications industry
- ITU (International Telecommunications Union) – United Nations specalized agency for information and communications technologies.
Sources and more resources
- International Telecommunications Union – DIALLING PROCEDURES (INTERNATIONAL PREFIX, NATIONAL (TRUNK) PREFIX AND NATIONAL (SIGNIFICANT) NUMBER) (IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITU-T RECOMMENDATION E.164 (11/2010)) – collection of dialing procedures for all countries and regions of the world. Retrieved 8 October 2016
- International Telecommunications Union – Philippines (country code +63) national numbering plan on file with ITU – details of the Philippines’ telephone numbering plan as submitted to the ITU. Retrieved 10 November 2016
- Wikipedia – Telephone numbers in the Philippines – Wikipedia entry for telephone number data for the Philippines. Includes specific number ranges for each city as well as detail on calling procedures.
- BT – the Phonebook – Philippines International Codes – summary of phone codes for the Philippines from the BT phone book.