The city is divided into 897 barangays. Each barangay has its own chairperson and 7 councilors. For administrative convenience, all the barangays in Manila are grouped into 100 zones and which are further grouped into 16 administrative districts.
The city has six representatives popularly elected to the House of Representatives, a legislative branch of the Philippines. Each representative represents one of the six Congressional districts of Manila.
The Manila City Hall is located in the historic center of Ermita, Manila. It is where the Mayor of Manila holds office and the chambers of the Manila City Council. It was originally intended to be a part of a national government center envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the 1930s.
The clock tower, also designed by Antonio Toledo which was completed during the 1930s is the largest clock tower in the Philippines, reaching close to 100 feet in elevation. It stands out during nighttime when the whole of the tower lights up. It has now become the icon for the city of Manila.
The clock tower is synchronize with the Philippine Standard Time.