Geography

Western Visayas consists of the major island of Panay and the smaller Guimaras, as well as several outlying islands. It also includes the western half of the larger island of Negros. The region is bordered to the north by the Sibuyan Sea, northeast by the Visayan Sea, east by the province of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas, south by the Iloilo Strait and the Panay Gulf, and west by the Sulu Sea.

Administrative Division

The Western Visayas Region is located in Central Philippines and composed of six (6) provinces namely: Aklan,Antique,Capiz,Iloilo,Guimaras and Negros Occidental.It is subdivided into 18 congressional districts.The provinces of Aklan,Antique and Guimaras each has one district; Capiz is composed of two districts; Iloilo Province has five districts; Negros Occidental has six districts; and the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod are distinct congressional districts.

Region 6 has sixteen (16) cities, one hundred seventeen (117) municipalities and four thousand fifty (4,050) barangays. The Province of Negros Occidental has the highest number of cities at 13 including its capital, Bacolod City.The province of Iloilo has two (2) cities including its capital, Iloilo City.The lone city of theProvince of Capiz is its capital, Roxas City.

Province or HUC Capital
Aklan Kalibo
Antique San Jose de Buenavista
Capiz Roxas City
Guimaras Jordan
Iloilo Iloilo City
Negros Occidental Bacolod City
Bacolod City
Iloilo City

Physical Characteristics

Land Area

The region has a total land area of 2,022,311 hectares or approximately 35.7 percent of the total land area of the Visayas and 6.7 percent of the Philippines.The Province of NegrosOccidental is the biggest in terms of land area with 792,607hectares which is almost 40% of the total area of the region.Iloilo comes second with 471,940 hectares or 23%: Capiz with 263,317 hectares or 13%:Antique with 252,201 hectares or 12%: Aklan with 181,789 hectares or 9% and Guimaras with 60,457 hectares or 3%.

Land Classification

Region 6 has a total land area of 2,022,311 hectares.It is classified into Forestland covering an area of 656,539.22 hectares equivalent to 32% and Alienable and Disposable lands covering 1,365,771.78 hectares or around 68%.

The Province of Aklan has a total area of 181,789 hectares of which 59% or 106,795 hectares are classified as A & D while 41% or 74,994 hectares are classified as Forestland.

For the Province of Antique, 133,566 hectares or 53% of itstotal land area of 252,201 hectares are classified as A & D while 118,635 hectares or 47% are classified as Forestland.

The total land area of the Province of Capiz is 263,317 hectares, of which, 64% or 169,547.27 hectares are classified as A & D and 36% or 93,769.73 hectares classified as Forestland.

The Province of Iloilo has a total land area of 471,940 hectares.Of this, 76% or 357,857 hectares are classified as A & D while 24% or 57,620.89hectares are classified as Forestland.

The Province of Negros Occidental has a total land area of 792,607hectares of which 68% or 540,385.62 hectares are classified as A & D, while 32% or 252,221.38 hectares are classified as Forestland.