CDA Region VI EO

Profile of the Region


Region VI, also known as Western Visayas, is an administrative region of the Philippines that occupies the western portion of Visayas. It has a total land area of 12,828.97 sq km with borders including Sibuyan Sea on the north, Visayan Sea on the northeast, Guimaras strait on the east, Iloilo strait and Panay gulf on the south, and Sulu Sea on the west. The geography of the region is comprised of the major island of Panay, and a smaller island which is Guimaras. It is also comprised of the western half of Negros Island. It is made of six provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. It also has two highly urbanized cities, that is, Bacolod and Iloilo City with the latter being the regional center. The region also consists of 14 component cities, 117 municipalities, and 4,051 barangays. In Western Visayas, the dialects that dominate are: Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Aklanon, and Capiznon.

In the 2020 Census, the population was determined to be 7,954,723. Thus, this makes Western Visayas inhabitants to represent 38.65% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 7.30% of the entire population of the Philippines. Computing the population density given these figures, it was shown that around 383 inhabitants occupy one square kilometer or about 992 inhabitants per square mile.

Within Western Visayas, you can find wide stretches of coastal lowlands with rugged hills and mountains in the interior, along with rich volcanic soils. Due to the characteristics of the region’s lands, it is blessed with plenty of food sources, biodiversity, and a rich culture which natives and tourists alike can both appreciate. Among the things that Western Visayas is known for is the island of Boracay, which is a popular getaway destination, the antique houses and churches of Iloilo, the mango capital which is Guimaras, the seafood capital which Capiz is known for, and the sugarcane industry of Negros.