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This site provides you with information about the Profile of Western Visayas and Cost of Doing Business, DTI’s Programs and Services, Calendar of Events, Sectoral Focus per province, Upcoming Events, Blogs and News in the Region.
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REGIONAL PROFILE, Western Visayas
Western Visayas Region also known as Region VI
Composed of six (6) provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental with 18 Congressional Districts, 16 cities, 117 municipalities and 4,650 barangays in the region. Iloilo City is the Regional Center.
The Region total land area is 20,223.2 sq km, which is approximately 6.7% of the total land area of the Philippines. Negros Occidental has the biggest land area of 7,965.2 sq km comprising about 38.3% of the region’s land area.
6.844 million is the total population of Region 6 in 2007 census, which is 40% of the Visayas population (17.1M).
1.35% annual population growth rate 2000-2007
329.1 persons per sq km is the population density
The prevailing climatic condition in the region is a combination of humid and moist although some areas, especially the upper half of Panay, experience the wet type of climate. Higher amounts of rainfall are experienced from June to November when there are more than 15 rainy days per month. Lesser amounts of rainfall and shorter number of rainy days are experienced during the remaining months. Hot months are experienced in March & April and cold months in Jan., Feb. & December.
Region’s GRDP for CY 2008 = Php 103, 272,196 (in Php 1,000 at 1985 constant prices). GRDP Growth Rate for CY 2007-2008 = 4.4% CY2006-2007 was 7.7% and 4.9% in CY2005-2006
Inflation rate for January 2010 reached 2.7% (in % 2000=100)
2008 ESTABLISHMENTS (NSO Survey, in thousands) Number of Establishments (Number of Employed per Type of Establishments)
|Agri, Hunting & Forestry|
|Mining & Quarrying|
|Electric, Gas & Water|
|Wholesale & Retail|
|Hotel & Restaurant|
|Transport, Storage & Com.|
|Health & Spa Wellness|
|Other Community Social & Personal Services|
Region 6 is located in Central Philippines and lies between two large bodies of water, namely: the Sibuyan Sea and the Visayan Sea.
Western Visayas is one of richest regions in the country in terms of natural resources. Its forests however have been denuded due to indiscriminate logging. Its waters abound with numerous species of fish and marine products. Mineral resources (metallic & non-metallic) include copper, gold, silver, white clay, red-burning clay, coal, semi-precious stones, cement raw materials, limestone for agricultural and industry uses, silica, rock phosphate and guano and construction materials like sand and gravel.It is a key fisheries development area, with its 84 coastal municipalities, eight major fishing grounds, and inland bodies of water and 43,050 hectares of fishponds.
The power being supplied to Region VI are supplied by the Visayas Grid and augmented by diesel-run IPPs. Panay Island’s power requirement is supplied by the Panay Diesel Power Plant (PDPP 1) in Dingle, Power Barge 2 in Iloilo City, Power Barge 3 in Estancia, Iloilo and Trans-Asia in Guimaras. For Iloilo City and adjacent municipalities, power is supplied by the privately-owned Panay Power Corp. Plants (Global Bus. Power Corp.). Electric Cooperatives in the Region are: AKELCO (Aklan), ANTECO (Antique), CAPELCO (Capiz), GUIMELCO (Guimaras), ILECO I, II & III (Iloilo) & CENECO, NOCECO & VRESCO (for Neg. Occ.)
To address the power supply problem in the region, both geothermal and hydroelectric power was harnessed. Currently, there are existing micro hydroelectric power plants operating with an installed capacity of 9 kilowatts. To augment these capacities, four (4) sites for hydroelectric power development in the region were identified, with an estimated capacity of 62 megawatts (1 in Aklan, 1 in Antique & 2 in Neg. Occ.)
SUWECO has started its 8-megawatt Villasiga Minihydro and its 2.1 megawatts Guiamon-San Ramon Mini Hydro in Antique. For geothermal energy, there is the 30-megawatt Northern Negros Geothermal Augmentation Project in Bago City.
Since 2008, the energization level is 100% at the municipal level and 99.3% at the barangay level.
The total exports of the region increased by 7.78%, from $103.9 Million in 2007 to $111.9 M in 2008. The bulk of exports were mostly from the Port of Iloilo.
There are four ports where the roll-on, roll-off facilities are available. These are the Iloilo River Wharf, the Port of Dumangas, the Port of Jordan and the Port of Caticlan. With RORO facilities, goods can now be cheaply transported to Luzon via Batangas and also to Northern Mindanao. Transport of frozen fish and marine products to Manila can now be speedily transported. On Sea Transport, the shipping lines are: Negros Navigation Co., Inc., WG & A, Trans-Asia Shipping, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Lorenzo Shipping Corp., Sulpicio Lines, SuperCat, Ocean Jet, and Weesam.
The Technical and Vocational Education Training or TVET programs of partner training institutions produced 37,853 graduates. Under the Training for Work Scholarship Program, TESDA was able to provide scholarship programs to 7,579 beneficiaries, 7,457 grantees under the Laderized Education Program and 2,380 scholars under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance.
Investment Priority Area
The Priority Areas in Western Visayas with investment potentials are:
1) Offshoring and Outsourcing [given the adequate supply of power, telecommunications facilities, presence of colleges and universities, etc]
2)Tourism including health & wellness [given the presence of hotel facilities, pension houses, spas & fitness gyms, private & public hospitals, historical & cultural heritage, malls & shopping centers, etc.]
3) Agribusiness [given the vast tract of agricultural land, farm to market roads, post-harvest facilities, marine/aquatic resources, etc.]
4) Mining [given the rich mineral resources-metallic & non-metallic such as copper, gold, silver, white clay, red-burning clay, semi-previous stones, coal, cement raw materials, limestone for agricultural and industry uses, silica, rock phosphate and guano and construction materials like sand and gravel]
5) Infrastructure Development Projects like Convention Center & Recreational Facilities/areas [given the absence of convention facilities & more participants & lack of recreational facilities].