Northern Iloilo

The northern portion of the province of Iloilo comprises the 5th Congressional District of the province, of the eleven (11) municipalities, Balasan, Batad, Carles and Estancia, compose the northern most part of the province.

A Three-hour travel by land from Northern-Central Iloilo Transport Terminal in Tagbak, Jaro District in Iloilo City will refresh you with good food, cool resorts, great accommodations at reasonable prices, while an hour trip from Roxas City, Capiz will bring you to these wonderful destinations.

Entry Points:

Iloilo City - the capital of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of Western Visayas, is the primary entry point to northern Iloilo, you can travel to Iloilo from other parts of the country in style. By air, there are four airline companies (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Zest Air) currently serving Iloilo-Manila flights and vice-versa via the Iloilo International Airport which will take about an hour. Cebu is only 35 minutes by plane. Cebu Pacific is serving Iloilo-Davao route trhree times a week, or you can have a connecting flight to Zamboanga. By sea, sailing time is about 20 hours from Manila; from Zamboanga or Cagayan de Oro, 14 hours once a week; from Cebu, 12 hours. Fastcrafts from Bacolod City take 45 minutes while travel by regular ferry takes 2 hours. A Roll on-Roll off (RORO)buses also cater direct transport from Cubao to Iloilo.

Roxas City - the seafood capital is a secondary entry point to northern Iloilo. From Manila the trip lasts for a maximum of eighteen hours by sea. For a lesser price, there is also a Roll on-Roll off (RORO) option that passes by Roxas City straight from Cubao in Manila. For the jet setter, both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have flights that fly to Roxas daily, every morning. The plane ride costs a little more, but will only take you 40-45 minutes.

A direct travel by sea from Masbate or Romblon would take you to the Port of Estancia, Carles also serves as an alternate route to and from Masbate or Romblon.

Plans For Northern Iloilo

During the 1st investment forum held in Estancia, former Estancia Mayor Cordero said their are plans to make the Municipalities of Batad, Balasan, Carles and Estancia a “metro municipalities” in Northern Iloilo , utilizing the Integrated Area Development approach to hasten development in this part of the country.

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