Metro Bacolod

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Metropolitan Bacolod
Punong Dakbanwa sang Bacolod
Kalakhang Bacolod
Metropolitan area
Nickname(s): Metro Bacolod
Political map of Metro Bacolod
Political map of Metro Bacolod
Country Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR/Region XVIII)
Island Negros
Province Negros Occidental
Cities Bacolod
Legislative Districts Lone District of Bacolod City
3rd District of Negros Occidental
Barangays 128[1]
Largest city Bacolod City
Other cities Silay City, Talisay City
 • Type Metropolis
 • Metropolitan area 578.65 km2 (223.42 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1][3][4][5]
 • Metropolitan area 819,915
 • Density 1,238/km2 (3,210/sq mi)
 • Urban 730,390
Time zone Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8)

The Bacolod Metropolitan Area, also known as Metro Bacolod (Hiligaynon: Punong Dakbanwa sang Bacolod; Tagalog: Kalakhang Bacolod), is the 9th most populous and the 9th most densely populated metropolitan area out of the 12 metropolitan areas in the Philippines. This metropolitan area as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has an estimated population of 529,367 as of 2010 official census by the National Statistics Office making it the most densely populated metropolitan area in Negros Island Region. The area is named after Bacolod, the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental. The metropolitan area comprises the cities of Bacolod, Silay and Talisay. As of 2005, Metro Bacolod, which is located in the Negros Island Region, have relatively high GDP shares, contributed 88,056,250 or about 7.3% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Metro Bacolod is among those identified by the National Framework for Physical Planning: 2001–2030 as one of the country’s industrial, financial and technological centers. It is ranked 4th among the six regions in terms of GDP contributions in 2005.[6]


All of the cities of Metro Bacolod are located in the province of Negros Occidental.

Cities Area (km2) as of 2007[2] Urban Population as of 2010[3][4][5] Population density (per km2) Legal Class[3][4][5] Income Class[2] Zip code Area code
Bacolod 162.67 511,820 3,071 Highly Urbanized City 1st 6100 34
Silay 214.80 210,560 214 Component City 2nd 6116–6117 34
Talisay 201.18 97,571 480 Component City 3rd 6115 34


Bacolod-Silay International Airport Terminal in Silay City


Bacolod-Silay International Airport is located in Silay City. Metro Bacolod is approximately 1hr 13mins by air from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and approximately 30–45 minutes by air from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Commercial Airlines serving the metropolitan area are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express and Cebgo.


Bacolod City has two main roads, Lacson Street to the north and Araneta Street to the south. The city has a good traffic plan lay-out and very seldom has traffic jams. The streets in the downtown area are one way, making Bacolod free from traffic congestion. Recently, Bacolod City is experiencing an increase in traffic congestion due to an increase in number of vehicles and a perceived lack of implementation of traffic rules by the local government.


Banago Wharf and BREDCO Port are the vessels entry point in Bacolod. It has daily access to Iloilo, with different shipping lines such as 2GO Travel(as relaunched in 2012), Weesam Express, Ocean Jet, Montenegro Lines, Jomalia Shipping and Tri Star megalink. There are also access routes to Puerto Princesa City via Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Butuan City via Cagayan de Oro route, Dipolog City Iligan City, Ozamiz City, and Surigao City via Cagayan de Oro route. As of 2012 SuperFerry and Negros Navigation was relaunched into 2GO Travel routes from Bacolod going Manila, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Bacolod City is 18–23 hours from the Port of Manila, 2-3hrs from Dumangas Port and 45 minutes- 1hr from the Port of Iloilo.





Planned developments

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella proposed the creation of Metro Bacolod Development Authority (MBDA) which is now supported by the Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. The cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Bago, and the municipality of Murcia will be the components of MBDA. Once approved, Metro Bacolod will have a total population of 1,058,203. [7]

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president Frank Carbon believes that turning Bacolod into a metropolitan area is an essential factor in progress. He envisions Metro Bacolod to be composed of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, and Bago cities, Murcia and Salvador Benedicto towns. There is a need to create a master plan for Metro Bacolod and the Metro Bacolod Development Authority (MBDA) which will help this capital city and nearby areas achieve their long-term goals and boost their business sector, Carbon said. [8]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "List of Cities". Retrieved July 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Municipality/City: BACOLOD CITY (Capital)". Retrieved July 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Municipality/City: SILAY CITY". Retrieved July 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Municipality/City: CITY OF TALISAY". Retrieved July 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Building Globally Competitive Metro Areas in the Philippines" (PDF). National Economic and Development Authority. August 30, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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