Metro Bacolod

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Metro Bacolod
Punong Dakbanwa sang Bacolod
Kalakhang Bacolod
Metropolitan area
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Island Negros
Province Negros Occidental
Cities Bacolod
Legislative Districts Lone District of Bacolod City
3rd District of Negros Occidental
Barangays 128[1]
 • Type Metropolis
 • Metropolitan area 578.65 km2 (223.42 sq mi)
Population (August 1, 2007)[1][3][4][5]
 • Metropolitan area 716,306
 • Density 1,238/km2 (3,210/sq mi)
 • Urban 573,966
Time zone Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8)

The Bacolod Metropolitan Area, also known as Metro Bacolod, is the 6th most populous out of the 12 metropolitan areas in the Philippines. This metropolitan area as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has an estimated population of 716,306 as of 2007. The area is named after Bacolod, the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental. The metropolitan area comprises the cities of Bacolod, Silay and Talisay. As of 2005, Metro Bacolod and Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, which are both located in the Western Visayas region with relatively high GDP shares, contributed 88,056,250 or about 7.3% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Metro Bacolod and Metro Iloilo-Guimaras are among those identified by the National Framework for Physical Planning: 2001–2030 as the country’s leading industrial, financial and technological centers which serve as the main ports for international trade. These combined areas in Western Visayas ranked 4th among the six regions in terms of GDP contributions in 2005.[6]


All of the cities of Metro Bacolod are located in the province of Negros Occidental.

Cities Area (km2) as of 2007[2] Urban Population as of 2007[3][4][5] Population as of 2007[1] Population density (per km2) Legal Class[3][4][5] Income Class[2] Zip code Area code
Bacolod 162.67 499,497 499,497 3,071 Highly Urbanized City 1st 6100 34
Silay 214.80 47,004 120,365 560 Component City 2nd 6116–6117 34
Talisay 201.18 27,465 96,444 479 Component City 4th 6115 34


Bacolod-Silay International Airport Terminal in Silay City


Bacolod-Silay International Airport is located in Silay City. Metro Bacolod is approximately 1hr 13mins by air from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and approximately 30–45 minutes by air from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Commercial Airlines serving the metropolitan area are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, Zest Airways and South East Asian Airlines.


Bacolod City has two main roads, Lacson Street to the north and Araneta Street to the south. The city has a good traffic plan lay-out and very seldom has traffic jams. The streets in the downtown area are one way, making Bacolod free from traffic congestion. Recently, Bacolod City is experiencing an increase in traffic congestion due to an increase in number of vehicles and a perceived lack of implementation of traffic rules by the local government.


Banago Wharf and BREDCO Port are the vessels entry point in Bacolod. It has daily access to Iloilo, with different shipping lines such as 2GO Travel(as relaunched in 2012), Weesam Express, Ocean Jet, Montenegro Lines, Jomalia Shipping and Tri Star megalink. There are also access routes to Puerto Princesa City via Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Butuan City via Cagayan de Oro route, Dipolog City Iligan City, Ozamiz City, and Surigao City via Cagayan de Oro route. As of 2012 SuperFerry and Negros Navigation was relaunched into 2GO Travel routes from Bacolod going Manila, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Bacolod City is 18–23 hours from the Port of Manila, 2-3hrs from Dumangas Port and 45 minutes- 1hr from the Port of Iloilo.





Recent Developments[edit]

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella proposed the creation of Metro Bacolod Development Authority (MBDA) which is now supported by the Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. The cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Bago, and the municipality of Murcia will be the components of MBDA. [7]

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president Frank Carbon believes that turning Bacolod into a metropolitan area is an essential factor in progress. He envisions Metro Bacolod to be composed of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, and Bago cities, Murcia and Salvador Benedicto towns. There is a need to create a master plan for Metro Bacolod and the Metro Bacolod Development Authority (MBDA) which will help this capital city and nearby areas achieve their long-term goals and boost their business sector, Carbon said. [8]

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