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Map of the Philippines showing the location of Region VI
|Regional center||Iloilo City|
|• Total||20,614 km2 (7,959 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (890/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-06|
|Languages||Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Aklanon, Cebuano, Tagalog, English|
Coordinates: Western Visayas (Filipino: Kanlurang Kabisayaan; Katundanan Bisayás (Hiligaynon); Kasadpangang Bisayás (Cebuano)) is one of the regions of the Philippines, designated as Region VI. It consists of six provinces; Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo and 16 cities making it the region with the highest number of cities. Iloilo City is the regional center.
The Western Visayas region was created from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo (including its then-subprovince of Guimaras) and Negros Occidental by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganisation Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.
The Province of Palawan was transferred to Region VI (Western Visayas) on May 23, 2005 by Executive Order 429. The Department of the Interior and Local Government announced in June 2005 that the transfer had been completed. However, Palaweños criticized the move, citing a lack of consultation, with most residents in 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 from Region IV-B to Region VI. Hence, Palawan is currently still part of Region IV-B.
|Antique||San Jose de Buenavista||546,031||2,522.0||216.5|
- On 23 May 2005, Executive Order 429 ordered Palawan and Puerto Princesa City transferred from Region IV-B to Region VI. But on 19 August 2005, Administrative Order 129 ordered the transfer held in abeyance.
- c Bacolod and Iloilo City are highly urbanized cities; figures are excluded from Negros Occidental and Iloilo respectively.
- Bago City, Negros Occidental
- Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
- Escalante City, Negros Occidental
- Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental
- Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
- La Carlota City, Negros Occidental
- Passi City, Iloilo
- Roxas City, Capiz
- Sagay City, Negros Occidental
- San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
- Silay City, Negros Occidental
- Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
- Talisay City, Negros Occidental
- Victorias City, Negros Occidental
|Population census of Western Visayas|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The languages native to the inhabitants of Western Visayas are:
- Hiligaynon (Illongo), spoken in Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Capiz, and Aklan.
- Capiznon, spoken in Capiz
- Kinaray-a, spoken in Antique and parts of Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan.
- Akeanon, spoken in Aklan.
- Malaynon, spoken in Aklan.
- Cebuano, spoken in the northern parts of Negros Occidental and the municipalities and cities that face Tañon
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 Railways network which has a station in Santa Barbara town proper.
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "History of Urban Growth of Iloilo City". Iloilo City Government. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- President of the Philippines. "Executive order No. 429". Office of the Press Secretary.
- "Palawan, Puerto Princesa Transfer to Region VI" (Press release). Government of the Philippines - News. 3 June 2005.
- President of the Philippines (August 19, 2005). "Administrative Order No. 129". Office of the Press Secretary. Archived from the original on 2006-07-13.
- Salvilla, Rex S. (July 28, 2006). "Anything Under the Sun: Panay Railways". The News Today (TNT Publishing, Inc.). Retrieved June 12, 2008.
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