Western Visayas

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Region VI
Western Visayas
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°35′00″N 122°35′00″E / 10.583333333333°N 122.58333333333°E / 10.583333333333; 122.58333333333Coordinates: 10°35′00″N 122°35′00″E / 10.583333333333°N 122.58333333333°E / 10.583333333333; 122.58333333333
Country Philippines
Island group Visayas
Regional center Iloilo City
 • Total 12,352.5 km2 (4,769.3 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 4,194,579
 • Density 340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ISO 3166 code PH-06
Provinces 5
Cities 3
Municipalities 95
Barangays 3,389
Cong. districts 11
Languages Aklanon, Capiznon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Malaynon, Tagalog, English

Western Visayas (Filipino: Kanlurang Kabisayaan; Hiligaynon: Bisayás Nakatundan) is one of the regions of the Philippines. It is designated as "Region VI". It consists of five provinces (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo) and one highly urbanized city (Iloilo City) which serves as the regional center.[2]


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.[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 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.[5] Hence, Palawan is currently still part of Region IV-B.

By virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued on May 29, 2015, by President Benigno Aquino III, the province of Negros Occidental was transferred to the Negros Island Region.[6]

Political divisions[edit]

Political Map of Western Visayas.
Province/City Capital Population
Pop. density
(per km²)
Aklan Kalibo 535,725 1,817.9 294.7
Antique San Jose de Buenavista 546,031 2,522.0 216.5
Capiz Roxas 719,685 2,633.2 273.3
Guimaras Jordan 162,943 604.7 269.5
Iloilo Iloilo City 1,805,576 4,719.4 382.6
Iloilo City[c] 424,619 56.0 7582.5


  • On 23 May 2005, Executive Order 429 ordered Palawan and Puerto Princesa City transferred from Region IV-B to Region VI.[5] But on 19 August 2005, Administrative Order 129 ordered the transfer held in abeyance.[3]
  • c Iloilo City is a highly urbanized city; figures are excluded from Iloilo.

Component cities[edit]


Population census of Western Visayas
Year Pop. ±%
1990 5,393,333 —    
2000 6,211,038 +15.2%
2010 7,102,438 +14.4%
Source: National Statistics Office[1]


The languages native to the inhabitants of Western Visayas are:






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.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of Urban Growth of Iloilo City". Iloilo City Government. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b President of the Philippines. "Executive order No. 429". Office of the Press Secretary. 
  4. ^ "Palawan, Puerto Princesa Transfer to Region VI" (Press release). Government of the Philippines - News. 3 June 2005. 
  5. ^ a b President of the Philippines (August 19, 2005). "Administrative Order No. 129". Office of the Press Secretary. Archived from the original on 2006-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015". Official Gazette (Philippines). May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.census.gov.ph/sites/default/files/attachments/hsd/pressrelease/Population%20and%20Annual%20Growth%20Rates%20for%20The%20Philippines%20and%20Its%20Regions%2C%20Provinces%2C%20and%20Highly%20Urbanized%20Cities%20Based%20on%201990%2C%202000%2C%20and%202010%20Censuses.pdf
  8. ^ 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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