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Western Visayas
Region VI
Island Group Visayas
Area 20,614.00 km²
Population
- Total 6,843,643
- Density/km² 331.99
Provinces 6
Cities 16
Municipalities 117
Barangays 4,051
Location in the Philippines:

Western Visayas

Region 6 or Western Visayas is composed of 6 provinces, 17 cities, 114 municipalities and 4,051 barangays. It is the region with the highest number of cities. The region occupies approximately 6.74 percent of the total land area of the Philippines. It is bounded by two large bodies of water, namely; the Visayan Sea on the east and the Sibuyan Sea on the southwest. It has no definite climate and has wet and dry seasons.

Western Visayas was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos. Iloilo is the regional center because of the presence of almost all government agenciesí regional offices and its nearness to other provinces in the region. The dialect or language spoken in this region are Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Akeanon, Malaynon and Cebuano. Tagalog and English are the medium of instruction in schools.

In terms of natural resources, Western Visayas is one of the richest regions in the country. Forty-three percent of the region's land resources are devoted to agricultural purposes. It is the largest producer of sugar and was the third largest rice producer among the regions. Sugar cane covers the majority of area in Negros Occidental and rain fed or irrigated palay in Panay. The region also produces coconut, banana, fruits, root crops and vegetables. Its forests however have been denuded due to indiscriminate logging. Its waters produce numerous species of fish and other marine products. Western Visayas exports prawn, tuna and other fish products. Mineral resources include copper, gold, silver, clay, limestone, coal, sand and gravel and other non-metallic.

There are many famous tourist destinations in Western Visayas like Boracay and Guimaras Islands. The region has several seaports and airports in order to accommodate and ease the transport of commodities in the region. There is only one international gateway in the region, the Kalibo International Airport, which serves direct flights to Incheon-Korea and Taipei, and soon to cater Shanghai, Beijing, Hongkong and Singapore.

Its fertile soil, abundant natural resources, rich cultural heritage and skilled manpower paved the way for the regionís industrial growth and expansion.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Western Visayas are:

City/Municipality Province Area
in km²
Population
TotalDensity/km²
Bacolod City Negros Occidental 162.67 499,497 3,070.62
Iloilo City Iloilo 78.34 418,710 5,344.78
City Of Kabankalan Negros Occidental 697.35 166,970 239.44
Bago City Negros Occidental 401.20 159,933 398.64
Cadiz City Negros Occidental 524.57 150,750 287.38
Roxas City Capiz 95.07 147,738 1,553.99
Sagay City Negros Occidental 330.34 140,511 425.35
San Carlos City Negros Occidental 451.50 129,809 287.51
Silay City Negros Occidental 214.80 120,365 560.36
City Of Himamaylan Negros Occidental 367.04 102,014 277.94



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