REGION VII : CENTRALVISAYAS|
Located in the center of the Philippines, between the two main islands, Luzon and Mindanao. I| Its borders are the Visayas sea on the north, Bohol sea on the south, Leyte on the east and Negros Occidental on the west. The terrain is characterized by highlands with narrow coastal strips of arable land. The region’s total land area i POPULATION
The region had a total population of 5,404,000 in 2000. Urbanization is highest in Cebu and lowest in Siquijor. The|
male numbered 2,291,637; the females 2,290,892. The region is predominantly rural with 2,730,972 residing in rural areas and 1,851,557 living in urban centers.| s
Central Visayas is predominantly peopled by an ethno linguistic group known as Cebuanos.
The region has no pronounced climate. It has a short dry season from March to May. The rest of the year is relatively wet.
Central Visayas has relatively limited arable lands and wide grazing lands. There are some tracts of timberland. Its major crops are sugar, coconut, rice and corn. Out of its total land area of 1,495,142 hectares, 959,223 or 60.42% are classified as alienable and disposable and 535,919 are forestland.
Most of the region’s timberlands are denuded. Mineral resources, however, are abundant and account for one of the largest revenue sources of the region. These include silver, manganese, copper, gold, limestone, clay, silica and coal. Major crops are sugarcane, coconut, palay, corn and cassava. The waters surrounding the island provinces are well-known fishing grounds.
Primary sources of revenue are manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and services. Mining, farming, fishing and tourism contribute significantly to the economy Manufacturing firms include mining companies, fertilizer plants, sugar central, rice and corn mills and other food processing plants. Cebu is the hub...