REGION - 3 : THE CENTRAL PLAINS OF LUZON
Region-3, also known as the Central Plains of Luzon, contains the largest plain of the
Philippines and produces most of the country's rice supply. That is why it is called the Rice Bowl of the Philippines.
The Region comprises of the Provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
There are twelve cities which include: Balanga from Bataan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose from Nueva Ecija; Olongapo from Zambales; Angeles and San Fernando from Pampanga; San Jose del Monte and Malolos from Bulacan; and Tarlac from Tarlac.
The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center. Aurora was transferred from Region IV by Executive Order No. 103.