The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 6338, making the City of Malolos a lone legislative district, Bulacan First District Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado said.
The Malolos lone district bill was approved January 25, two days after the commemoration of the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine First Republic and was already approved for transmittal to the Senate.
Malolos, prior to the bill authored by Sy-Alvarado, was part of Bulacan’s first district that includes the municipalities of Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong and Bulakan.
Mayor Christian Natividad said that with the Senate approval, Malolos will become Bulacan’s sixth congressional district.
If the bill is signed into a law before the 2016 elections, a separate election for the congressional representative of Malolos may be included in the national and local elections.
If the passage is done after the ballots for the 2016 elections are printed, Alvarado said the Commission on Elections could order a special election for the congressional district of Malolos.
The people of Malolos and village officials have called on the Senate Committee on Local Government chairman, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., to hasten the passage of the bill saying it is high time that the city becomes a lone congressional district to further boost its development.
Meanwhile, Sy-Alvarado also announced that that House Bill 5156 or “An act declaring January 23 of every year a special working holiday in the entire country to commemorate the declaration of the First Philippine Republic” has been approved in the Lower house and is now in Senate also under Marcos’ committee.
January 23 has been declared special non-working holiday in Bulacan. It would be a national holiday like June 12 in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day once HB 5156 gets approved.