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Western Visayas
Visayas
(Hiligaynon: Kabisay-an Nakatundan; Filipino: Kanlurang Kabisayaan) is an administrative region in the Philippines, numerically designated as Region VI. It consists of six provinces (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo
Iloilo
and Negros Occidental) and two highly urbanized cities ( Bacolod
Bacolod
City and Iloilo
Iloilo
City). The regional center is Iloilo
Iloilo
City.[2] The region is dominated by the native speakers of five Visayan languages: Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, and Capiznon. The land area of the region is 20,794.18 km2 (8,028.68 sq mi), and with a population of 7,536,383 inhabitants, it is the most populous region in the Visayas. On May 29, 2015, the region was redefined, when Western Visayas (Region VI) both lost the province of Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and the highly urbanized city of Bacolod
Bacolod
to the newly formed Negros Island Region. However, the region was dissolved, with Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and Bacolod returned to Western Visayas
Visayas
on August 9, 2017.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Administrative divisions

3 Demographics

3.1 Languages

4 Transportation

4.1 Airports

4.1.1 International 4.1.2 Domestic 4.1.3 Municipal 4.1.4 Other

4.2 Rail

5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Regions first came into existence on September 24 of 1972, when the provinces of the Philippines
Philippines
were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan by President Ferdinand Marcos. The provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo
Iloilo
(including its then-subprovince of Guimaras), and Negros Occidental were grouped together to form the Western Visayas
Visayas
region. The province of Palawan
Palawan
was transferred to Region VI (Western Visayas) on May 23, 2005 by Executive Order 429.[3] The Department of the Interior and Local Government announced in June 2005 that the transfer had been completed.[4] However, Palaweños criticized the move, citing a lack of consultation, with most residents in Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
City and all municipalities but one preferring to stay with Region IV-B. Consequently, Administrative Order No. 129 was issued on August 19, 2005 to address this backlash. This Order directed the abeyance of Executive Order 429 pending the approval of an implementation plan for the orderly transfer of Palawan
Palawan
from Region IV-B to Region VI.[5] Hence, Palawan
Palawan
is currently still part of Region IV-B. By virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued on May 29 of 2015, by President Benigno Aquino III, the province of Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and its capital, Bacolod
Bacolod
City, were both removed from Western Visayas
Visayas
in order to form the Negros Island Region
Negros Island Region
along with Negros Oriental.[6] But later regained Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and its capital, Bacolod
Bacolod
City back into Western Visayas
Visayas
on August 9, 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte dissolved the Negros Island Region, revoking Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015 through the signage of Executive Order No. 38, citing the reason of the lack of funds to fully establish the NIR according to Benjamin Diokno, the Secretary of Budget and Management.[7] Geography[edit]

Political map of Western Visayas

Western Visayas
Visayas
consists of the major island of Panay
Panay
and the smaller Guimaras, as well as several outlying islands. It also includes the western half of the larger island of Negros. The region is bordered to the north by the Sibuyan Sea, northeast by the Visayan Sea, east by the province of Negros Oriental
Negros Oriental
in Central Visayas, south by the Iloilo
Iloilo
Strait and the Panay
Panay
Gulf, and west by the Sulu
Sulu
Sea.

Administrative divisions[edit] Western Visayas
Visayas
consists of 6 provinces, 2 highly urbanized cities, 14 component cities, 117 municipalities and 4,051 barangays.

Province or HUC Capital Population (2015)[1] Area[8] Density Cities Muni. Bgy.

km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi

Aklan Kalibo 7001128000000000000♠12.8% 574,823 1,821.42 703.25 320 830 0 17 327

Antique San Jose de Buenavista 7001130000000000000♠13.0% 582,012 2,729.17 1,053.74 210 540 0 18 590

Capiz Roxas 7001170000000000000♠17.0% 761,384 2,594.64 1,001.80 290 750 1 16 473

Guimaras Jordan 7000390000000000000♠3.9% 174,613 604.57 233.43 290 750 0 5 98

Iloilo Iloilo
Iloilo
City 7001433000000000000♠43.3% 1,936,423 5,000.83 1,930.83 390 1,000 1 42 1,721

Negros Occidental Bacolod 7001566000000000000♠56.6% 2,497,261 7,802.54 3,012.58 320 830 12 19 601

Bacolod
Bacolod
City † — 7001125000000000000♠12.5% 561,875 162.67 62.81 3,500 9,100 — — 61

Iloilo
Iloilo
City † — 7001100000000000000♠10.0% 447,992 78.34 30.25 5,700 15,000 — — 180

Total 7,536,383 20,794.18 8,028.68 220 570 16 117 4,051

 †  Bacolod
Bacolod
City and Iloilo
Iloilo
City are highly urbanized cities; figures are excluded from Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and Iloilo respectively. On 23 May 2005, Executive Order 429 ordered Palawan
Palawan
and the independent city of Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
transferred from Region IV-B to Region VI.[5] But on 19 August 2005, Administrative Order 129 ordered the transfer held in abeyance.[3]

City Population (2015)[1] Area Density City class Income class Province

km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi

Bacolod 561,875 162.67 62.81 3,500 9,100 Highly urbanized 1st Negros Occidental

Bago 170,981 401.20 154.90 430 1,100 Component 2nd Negros Occidental

Cadiz 154,723 524.57 202.54 290 750 Component 2nd Negros Occidental

Escalante 94,070 192.76 74.43 490 1,300 Component 4th Negros Occidental

Himamaylan 106,880 367.04 141.71 290 750 Component 3rd Negros Occidental

Iloilo
Iloilo
City 447,992 78.34 30.25 5,700 15,000 Highly urbanized 1st Iloilo

Kabankalan 181,977 697.35 269.25 260 670 Component 1st Negros Occidental

La Carlota 64,469 137.29 53.01 470 1,200 Component 4th Negros Occidental

Passi 80,544 251.39 97.06 320 830 Component 3rd Iloilo

Roxas 167,003 95.07 36.71 1,800 4,700 Component 1st Capiz

Sagay 146,264 330.34 127.54 440 1,100 Component 3rd Negros Occidental

San Carlos 132,536 451.50 174.33 290 750 Component 2nd Negros Occidental

Silay 126,930 214.80 82.93 590 1,500 Component 3rd Negros Occidental

Sipalay 70,070 379.78 146.63 180 470 Component 4th Negros Occidental

Talisay 102,214 201.18 77.68 510 1,300 Component 4th Negros Occidental

Victorias 87,933 133.92 51.71 660 1,700 Component 4th Negros Occidental

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Western Visayas

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1990 5,393,333 —    

2000 6,211,038 +1.42%

2010 7,102,438 +1.35%

2015 7,536,383 +1.14%

Data in 2015 includes Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and Bacolod. Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[1][9]

Languages[edit]

Western Visayas
Visayas
Language Map. Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
and Bacolod
Bacolod
not shown.

The native languages of Western Visayas
Visayas
are:

Aklanon/Akeanon, spoken in Aklan
Aklan
and northwestern Capiz. Capiznon, spoken in Capiz, northeastern Iloilo, and eastern Aklan. Cebuano, spoken in northeastern Negros Occidental. Hiligaynon, spoken in Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan. It is the regional lingua franca. Kinaray-a, spoken in Antique, southwestern half of Iloilo, Guimaras, western Capiz, and southwestern Aklan. Malaynon, spoken in northwestern Aklan
Aklan
including Boracay Island. Caluyanon, spoken in the Semirara Islands (Semirara, Caluya, and Sibay Islands).

Transportation[edit] Airports[edit]

Exterior of Kalibo International Airport

Exterior of Iloilo
Iloilo
International Airport

International[edit]

Kalibo International Airport Iloilo
Iloilo
International Airport

Domestic[edit]

Bacolod– Silay
Silay
Airport ( Silay
Silay
City, Negros Occidental) Godofredo P. Ramos Airport
Godofredo P. Ramos Airport
(Caticlan, Malay, Aklan) Roxas Airport
Roxas Airport
(Roxas City, Capiz) Evelio Javier Airport (Funda-Dalipe, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique)

Municipal[edit]

Semirara Airport (Semirara Island, Caluya, Antique)

Other[edit]

Sipalay
Sipalay
Airport (Sipalay, Negros Occidental) Kabankalan
Kabankalan
City Domestic Airport (Kabankalan, Negros Occidental)

Rail[edit] Proposals to re-connect again Iloilo-Roxas, Iloilo-Kalibo, Iloilo-Malay (Aklan) and Iloilo-San Jose (Antique) from the Iloilo City via rail was included in the revival of the currently defunct Panay
Panay
Railways network which has a station in Santa Barbara town proper.[10]

References[edit]

^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.  ^ "History of Urban Growth of Iloilo
Iloilo
City". Iloilo
Iloilo
City Government. Retrieved June 28, 2012.  ^ a b President of the Philippines. "Executive order No. 429". Office of the Press Secretary.  ^ "Palawan, Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Transfer to Region VI" (Press release). Government of the Philippines
Philippines
- News. 3 June 2005.  ^ a b President of the Philippines
Philippines
(August 19, 2005). "Administrative Order No. 129". Office of the Press Secretary. Archived from the original on 2006-07-13.  ^ "Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015". Official Gazette (Philippines). May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015.  ^ "Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region". Rappler. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.  ^ "PSGC Interactive; List of Provinces". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 29 March 2016.  ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines
Philippines
and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 9 August 2013.  ^ Salvilla, Rex S. (July 28, 2006). "Anything Under the Sun: Panay Railways". The News Today. TNT Publishing, Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Western Visayas
Visayas
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Western Visayas
Visayas
(Region VI)

Regional Center

Iloilo
Iloilo
City

Provinces

Aklan Antique Capiz Guimaras Iloilo Negros Occidental

Metropolitan Areas

Metro Bacolod Metro Iloilo-Guimaras

Highly Urbanized Cities

Bacolod Iloilo
Iloilo
City

Component Cities

Bago Cadiz Escalante Himamaylan Kabankalan La Carlota Passi Roxas Sagay San Carlos Silay Sipalay Talisay Victorias

Provincial Capitals

Bacolod Iloilo
Iloilo
City Jordan Kalibo Roxas San Jose de Buenavista

Municipalities

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Visayas, Republic of the Philippines

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Regions of the Philippines

Luzon

I – Ilocos Region II – Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley III – Central Luzon IV-A – Calabarzon Mimaropa
Mimaropa
– Southwestern Tagalog Region V – Bicol Region CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region NCR – National Capital Region

Visayas

VI – Western Visayas VII – Central Visayas VIII – Eastern Visayas

Mindanao

IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – Soccsksargen XIII – Caraga ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Former regions

NIR – Negros Island Region Southern Tagalog

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