DTI Region 6 is composed of six (6) provinces with Provincial offices each: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and (Negros Occidental-NIR) 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 (prior to NIR), which is approximately 6.7% of the total land area of the Philippines.
The Region total land area is 20,223.2 sq km (prior to NIR), 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).
7,536,383 is the total population of Region 6 in 2015 census.
The prevailing climatic condition in the region is a combination of humid and moist althoughsome areas, especially the upper half of Panay, experience the wet type of climate. Higheramounts of rainfall are experienced from June to November when there are more than 15rainy days per month. Lesser amounts of rainfall and shorter number of rainy days areexperienced during the remaining months. Hot months are experienced in March & April andcold months in Jan., Feb. & December.
Geographic Distribution of Banking Offices (March 2015)
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, renewable energy such as solar, windmill, geothermal and hydroelectric power was harnessed. Currently, the 135-megawatt coal-fired power plant of the Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) in Concepcion is already being installed. While San Carlos Solar Energy Inc., the country’s first utility scale 22-megawatt solar power plant in Negros Occidental starts their commercial operations. In Guimaras, a windmill project has been inaugurated in the municipality of San Lorenzo. This will bring power sufficiency in the island province of Guimaras and the extra power will be supplied to Panay Island through submarine cable. Likewise, there are existing micro hydroelectric power plants operating with an installed capacity of 9 kilowatts with more micro hydroelectric power projects are coming up to provide more renewable energy in the region.
Since 2008, the energization level is 100% at the municipal level and 99.3% at the barangay level