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Is code-switching used as a pragmatic marker, particularly to indicate politeness? This is the main question investigated in this paper. Specifically, it identified the types and instances of code-switching in the interactions among members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay (Albay Provincial Council) and describes their pragmatic functions, focusing on politeness as a motivation. Using available methods in identifying politeness strategies, the paper revealed via content analysis that code-switching is a politeness indicator in the given context. The paper infers that code-switching figures as a politeness marker in Albayano communication, as exemplified by their provincial council members. It concludes that while English still exists as a language of power and prestige in the province, it is inadequate in the achievement of social and interactional goals of communication such as the need to be polite and, thus, code-switching becomes necessary.