The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill constituting Batangas City as a separate legislative district.
House Bill 3750 is authored by Rep. Raneo Abu, the incumbent congressman of the second district of which the city is part, as well as by Reps. Sonny Collantes, Mark Mendoza and Elenita Buhain of the third, fourth and first districts, respectively.
The constitution provides that a city or a province with a population of 250,000 is qualified to have a separate representative in Congress. As of 2010, the population of Batangas City has reached 346,715.
“The only provision changed from the previous version is the removal of the clause regarding the conduct of special elections.
If this measure becomes a law, I will continue to represent the people of Batangas City as part of the second district until a new representative is elected in 2016,” Abu said.
The bill has been sent to the Senate, and once approved, the province of Batangas will have five congressional districts.
A bill calling for the same was approved by the Lower House in 2011 but was not passed by the Senate.