Location and Land Area

Central Visayas is strategically located at the geographical center of the Philippine archipelago between the major islands of Luzon and Mindanao. It is bounded in the north by the Visayan Sea; in the east by the Camotes Sea and Camiguin Channel; in the south by the Mindanao Sea; and in the west by Negros Occidental Province.

The region is composed of four island provinces: Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. The region's premier urban and major business, industrial and services center is Metro Cebu (Cebu City) located in the island province of Cebu. Other major urban centers are Tagbilaran City in Bohol , Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental and Siquijor in Siquijor Province.

Central Visayas is the sixth smallest region in the country with a total land area of 1.49 million hectares (14,951 square kilometers). Among the provinces, Negros Oriental accounts for the largest share of the regional land (36 percent), followed by Cebu (34 percent), Bohol (27.5 percent) and Siquijor (2 percent).

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, Central Visayas had a population of 6,800,180 people, making it the 5th most populous of the country's 17 regions. At the 2007 census, the population was 6,398,628 with a population density of 403.1 people per square kilometer (6,129.4/mi²). The 2007 census showed an average annual population growth rate of 1.59% from 2000 to 2007, significantly less than the national average of 2.04%.

Cebuano is the dominant language of the region. Boholano is a dialectal variant of Cebuano spoken in Bohol. In the Camotes Islands, which is part of Cebu, Cebuano language is spoken in the towns of Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco. Except the town of Poro, in which, Porohanon is spoken (a variation or mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Masbateño language, with 87% Cebuano vocabulary). Tagalog, English and Spanish are also spoken in this region.

A brief profile of Central Visayas
CapitalCebu City
Population5,706,953
Area14,951 square kilometers
Provinces4
Cities16
Municipalities116
Barangays3003
Congressional Districts16
TOP EXPORTS
  • Electronics
  • Electricals
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Transport
  • Furniture/Furnishings
  • Minerals
  • Garments/Textile
  • Oils/fats/waxes
  • Construction Materials
  • Processed Food
  • Machinery
  • Chemicals
  • Houseware
  • Beverages

Province

Land Area
(sq. km.)1
No. of Districts
No. of Municipalities
No. of Cities

Bohol

4117.3
3
47
1

Cebu

5088.4
9
44
9

Negros Oriental

5402.3
3
19
6

Siquijor

343
1
6
0
Central Visayas
14951
16
116
16

Sources

1.) http://www.census.gov.ph/statistics/quickstat
2.) http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/regview.asp?region=07
3.) http://www.popcom.gov.ph/regions/07/regional_profile.html
4.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Visayas