How To Call Manila Landline From Province (and Vice Versa)

Since October 2019, all landline numbers in Metro Manila have shifted from 7-digit to 8-digit numbers1. Thus, if you are from a province and planning to call a Manila landline, you must first know its corresponding 8-digit number. 

In this article, we are going to provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how to call a landline in Manila if you’re from a province (or outside the country) and vice versa. 

Read the main article: An Ultimate Guide to Landline Area Codes in the Philippines

 

Why Did Metro Manila Switch to 8-Digit Landline Numbers?

Due to the increasing number of landline customers in Metro Manila, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered all telecommunication providers in NCR to shift from 7-digit to 8-digit landline numbers. 

This is also applicable to other locations with an area code of 02 such as San Pedro (in Laguna), Bacoor (in Cavite), and the province of Rizal.

The specific digit that will be added to the old 7-digit landline number varies depending on the telecom provider. This additional digit is called the Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) Identifier.  

The PTE Identifier of Philippine telecoms are:

  • PLDT – 8
  • Globe – 7
  • Converge – 6
  • Eastern Telecom – 5
  • BayanTel – 3

This means that if you’re calling a PLDT landline number based in Manila, you have to add 8 at the start of the existing number. Meanwhile, if you’re calling a Globe landline number based in Manila, you have to add 7 at the start of the existing number. 

 

How To Call Manila Landline From the Province

If you’re from a province outside NCR and wish to call a Manila landline, follow these steps:

  1. Press 0 then the area code 2.
  2. Press the PTE Identifier of the landline you wish to call (e.g., Press 7 if you’re calling a Globe landline or 8 if you’re calling a PLDT landline).
  3. Press the landline number and proceed with making the call.

In short, you have to dial:

0 + area code (“2”) + <PTE Identifier> + <landline number>

Suppose that you’re calling the Manila landline 210-1234 which is a Globe landline. Following the format above, you will dial 02-7210-1234. Meanwhile, if you’re calling the landline 123-9876 which is a PLDT landline, you have to dial 02-8123-9876.

 

How To Call Manila Landline From Abroad

If you’re based abroad and wish to call a Manila landline, follow these steps:

  1. Press 00, then the Philippine country code 63.
  2. Press the area code 2.
  3. Press the PTE identifier of the landline you wish to call (e.g., 7 for Globe or 8 for PLDT).
  4. Press the landline number and proceed with the call.

To summarize:

00 + country code (“63”) + area code (“2”) + <PTE Identifier> + <landline number>

 

How To Call a Provincial Landline From Manila

If you are in Manila and wish to call a landline located outside the NCR, follow these steps:

  1. Press 0, then the area code of the province.
  2. Press the landline number and proceed with making the call.

To put it simply:

0 + <area code> + <landline number>

Say you’re residing in Manila and wish to call someone in Batangas with the landline number 123-4567. To make a call, you just have to dial 043-123-4567 (“43” is the Batangas area code).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will happen if I incorrectly dial a Manila landline using 7 digits instead of 8 digits?

You will just hear a special voice prompt about the migration to 8-digit numbers. For PLDT subscribers, you can dial 171 for the correct dialing procedure.

2. What numbers are exempted from the 8-digit number migration?

Emergency hotlines such as 8888 (National Complaint Hotline), 911, 136 (MMDA), 161 (Rescue), and other emergency special numbers that are less than 7-digits and starting with either 1 or 9 will remain the same despite the migration.

3. I’m in NCR and I want to call a Manila landline. What should I dial?

If you and the landline you wish to call are both in Metro Manila, you don’t have to add the area code. To make a call, dial the landline number using the following format:

<PTE Identifier (e.g., 7 for Globe or 8 for PLDT)> + <landline number>

4. How can I know if a landline number is a Globe telephone number?

Globe telephone numbers2 have the following prefixes:

210 – 219, 225, 238-239, 261, 263-266, 349, 358, 368-369, 473, 482, 500-509, 576-577, 585-587, 610-619, 621-625, 717-720, 728-730, 738-739, 744-748, 750-759, 791-799,900-910, 914-919, 933-934, 940, 943-946, 949-950, 954-960, 964, 966, 968, 970-976, 978, 980, 987, 989.

5. How can I know if a landline number is a PLDT number?

PLDT landline numbers have the following prefixes:

208-209, 230-237, 240-260, 267-299, 330-334, 340-348, 350-357, 359-367, 370-376, 395-405, 420-423, 425-426, 429, 441-442, 451-452, 457-465, 470-479, 510-536, 541-575, 578-584, 588-589, 620, 626-628, 630-643, 645-647, 650-664, 666-669, 671-672, 681-684, 687-689, 691-693, 695-698, 700-716, 721-727, 731-737, 740-743, 749, 770-790, 800-899, 911-913, 920-932, 935-939, 941-942, 947-948, 951-953, 961-962, 967, 981-986, 988, 990-999.

Related: How to Call Landline in the Philippines Using Cellphone or Internet

 

References

  1. 8-digit landline numbers in NCR to start in October. (2019). Retrieved 4 January 2022, from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1075887
  2. Globe, Bayan to Implement 8-digit Landline Number in MM. (2019). Retrieved 4 January 2022, from https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom/corporate/globe-bayan-implement-8-digit-landline-number-metro-manila.html#gref

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