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Purok (English: District[1]), also known as zone, is a political subdivision of a barangay.[2] It is the smallest unit of governance in the Philippines[3] led by an appointed barangay councilor.[4] It is not, however, officially considered a local government unit. The barangay is the smallest political unit officially.[5]

A purok is typically composed of twenty to fifty or more households, depending on the particular geographical location and cluster of houses. If created and given a mandate by an ordinance of the barangay, municipality, or city, a purok could perform government functions under the coordination and supervision of their local officials.[3]

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  1. Santos, Arceli (2006). Vicassan's Pilipino-English Dictionary (Abridged Edition). Pasig City, Philippines: Anvil Publishing Inc. p. 524. ISBN 971-27-1707-0.
  2. Guillermo, Artemio R. & Win, May Kyi (2005). Historical Dictionary of the Philippines (2nd ed.). Lanham, Maryland, United States of America: Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-8108-5490-1.
  3. 1 2 "Purok system mobilizes community, improves governance". Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. May 7, 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. Alkuino, Xerxes (August 7, 2012). "LGUs urged to put up purok system". Cebu Provincial Government. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. "Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC) - Concepts and Definitions - Local Government Units". nap.psa.gov.ph. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
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