Iloilo-Guimaras Metropolitan Area
|Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Languages||Ilonggo, English, Kinaray-a|
The Iloilo-Guimaras Metropolitan Area or Metro Iloilo-Guimaras (MIG) is a metropolitan area encompassing the highly urbanized city of Iloilo City, the Regional Agro-Industrial Center of Pavia, Iloilo, the towns of Oton, Iloilo, Leganes, Iloilo, Santa Barbara, Iloilo, Cabatuan, Iloilo and San Miguel, Iloilo and the neighboring island province of Guimaras with its five municipalities of Jordan, Guimaras, Buenavista, Guimaras, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, San Lorenzo, Guimaras and Sibunag, Guimaras.
Ranked number sixth in terms of population among the twelve metropolitan areas in the Philippines and it ranked fifth in terms of land area.
Metro Iloilo - Guimaras is the only officially recognized metropolitan area in Western Visayas as per Presidential Executive Order No. 559 duly signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on August 28, 2006.
Cities and municipalities
|City||Population¹||Area (km²)||Pop. density (per km²)||Income Class|
|Iloilo City||424,619||78.34||5,981.00||1st Class; Highly Urbanized|
|Santa Barbara||55,472||131.96||420.37||2nd Class|
|San Miguel||25,013||31.97||782.39||4th Class|
|Nueva Valencia||37,852||137.12||276.05||3rd Class|
|San Lorenzo||24,032||93.04||258.30||5th Class|
The Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue, Mc Arthur Drive, Gen. Luna, E. Lopez Street, Pres. Corazon C. Aquino Avenue, Iznart Street and Mulle Loney Drive are Metro Iloilo's major roads. The Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue was renovated and widened into a 8 lane road with bike lane and service road. It connects Iloilo City, Pavia, Sta. Barbara and the Iloilo International Airport. There are two vehicular overpasses along General Luna Street, one at Infante Avenue and the other in front of the University of San Agustin and a planned new overpass at the crossroad of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and President Corazon C. Aquino Avenue will soon be constructed.
Iloilo International Airport (Iloilo Airport) is the airport serving the general area of Iloilo City, the capital city of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of the Western Visayas region in the Philippines. It opened its doors to commercial traffic on June 14, 2007 after a decade of planning and construction, replacing Mandurriao Airport in Iloilo City proper which had been in service for over seventy years. As a result, the new airport inherited its IATA and ICAO airport codes, as well as its position as the fourth-busiest airport in the Philippines, from its predecessor. In addition to being the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards, it is considered one of four international airports in the Visayas with international flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.
The new Iloilo International Airport is located in Cabatuan; specifically in Barangay Tabucan, Barangay Gaub, Barangay Duyan-Duyan and Barangay Manguna, all in Cabatuan. The airport can be reached either from the Cabatuan access roads (Barangay Tabucan and Barangay Tiring, Cabatuan) or from the Pavia-Santa Barbara-Cabatuan (Barangay Duyan-Duyan, Cabatuan) access road. The airport complex consists of a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings, waste sorting and water treatment facilities, a power generating station, a cargo terminal and a main passenger terminal. Its location on the Tomas Confesor Highway, a major highway transversing the island, makes the airport accessible from all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to the currently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport to the rest of Panay by rail.
The Iloilo Commercial Port Complex is located on 20.8 hectares of reclaimed land. It has facilities that include 11,400 sq. meters of open space for operations, supplemented by a backup area of 97,000 sq. meters, a crane, rails of 348 lineal meters, roll-on/roll-off support, a freight station, and a 720 sq. meter passenger shed. The port complex is ideal for ships plying international routes having a berth length of 400 meters, a width of 26.26 meters and a berthing depth of 10.50 meters.
There are a number of shipping companies that use the Port of Iloilo, among them, the Aboitiz Shipping Company, Amigo Shipping Company, New Panay Shipping Company, Negros Navigation Company, Sulpicio Lines, William Lines, and Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. Fast ferries serve Iloilo-Bacolod routes eight times daily. Negros Navigation and Superferry dock to the city where it serves routes going to Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro City.
Other Plans and Proposals
- Iloilo Flood Control (Finished)
- Iloilo River Esplanade (Esplanade 1 & 2 - Finished; Esplanade 3, 4 and 5 - under construction) - Inspired from the river esplanade concept in Singapore, Iloilo City will be having its own 8 km “Iloilo Esplanade” constructed, alongside of the Iloilo River. The project seeks to revive the beauty and wealth of the Iloilo River, it has assured that the 3,000 mangrove trees growing at the bank of the river will be preserved.
- Mulle Loney Bridge (Under construction)
- Iloilo Wetlands and Mangrove Park (Under construction)
- Aquino Crossroad Overpass (crossing Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and President Corazon C. Aquino Avenues - Planned)
- Trans Panay Railways (Proposed) - Trans Panay Express (TPE, the old Panay Railways is a proposed railway line that will connect and bring closer to four provinces, four cities and municipalities and will replaced the defunct Panay Railways. Fully air-conditioned coaches will run a maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour and with 450 passenger capacity.
There will be 13 stations (stops) between the from Iloilo to Roxas City. The route of the 122-kilometer project for Iloilo province are: Iloilo City, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, New Lucena, Pototan, Dingle, and Passi City. For Capiz province: Dumarao, Dumalag, Cuartero, Dao, Panitan and Roxas City. After the completion of the Iloilo-Roxas City line, the railway system is planned to be extended to Guimbal town in Southern Iloilo and to Caticlan in Aklan to service Boracay-bound passengers.
Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council
The Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council or MIGEDC was formally established by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through Executive Order No. 559 signed on August 28, 2006 and was designed to help address the area’s emerging problems brought about by rapid urbanization and the spatial development challenges of tourism and economic development.
The MIGEDC evolved from the Metro Iloilo Development Council (MIDC) that was earlier established by the City of Iloilo and four neighboring municipalities on February 9, 2001 and the Guimaras-Iloilo City Alliance that was similarly established on May 22, 2005. Through Executive Order No. 559 the Municipality of Sta. Barbara became an addition together with the Province of Guimaras
As a strengthened task group, the MIGEDC formulates, implements, coordinates and monitors programs, projects and activities that support the Mega-Region Economic Development Strategic Framework of the National Government.
- Australian Agency for International Development
- Canadian International Development Agency
- Canadian Urban Institute
- Urban Partnerships Program Philippines (CUI Philippines)
- Gesellshaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
- Japan International Cooperation Agency
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