The town of General Trias is now gearing up for a referendum following the approval, by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd, of the proposal converting the first-class municipality into a component city of Cavite province.
Aquino signed into law Republic Act 10675, or the Charter of the City of General Trias, last Aug. 19.
Mayor Antonio Ferrer and Cavite 6th district Rep. Luis Ferrer IV expressed their gratitude to Aquino over this milestone. The municipality, the congressman said, is eyeing to schedule a plebiscite by October.
The plebiscite is the last requirement before a town can become a city. A majority of the residents must vote in the affirmative to complete the conversion process.
Ferrer explained in a statement that if the majority of the people approve the cityhood status for General Trias, the local government will have P1 billion in income and more jobs.
The new law states that the incumbent officials of General Trias will still hold their posts until the national and local elections next year.
With 33 barangays, General Trias will become the seventh city in Cavite. The other cities are Imus, Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Tagaytay, Cavite City, and Trece Martires.
The other towns vying for cityhood are Tanza, Naic, Silang, Carmona, and Rosario.