CEBU CITY: Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he is optimistic the proposed division of the second congressional district in Cebu could be approved before the 2016 elections.
Marcos, who authored the Senate version of the bill seeking to carve the seventh congressional district out of the second district, said his measure is up for second reading in the Senate next week.
“No one opposed the bill. All Cebu congressmen approved it. I believe its smooth sailing for the bill,” Marcos said.
Marcos said he is convinced the province’s second district should be divided because it is too big for a district.
“There’s a big economic advantage if the second district is divided. Because it would mean more attention will be given especially in far-flung areas in the district,” said Marcos.
The second district is currently composed of 15 towns and 284 barangays.
It has a population of 423,452 based on the May 2010 census.
Based on the proposal, the towns of Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcan-tara, Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc, and Ginatilan would comprise the new seventh district.
The towns of Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, and Samboan will remain with the second district.