A proposed measure seeking to create an additional legislative district in Cebu province is likely to be enacted into law after the Senate approved it on third and final reading.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos sponsored House Bill 4427 which seeks to create an additional legislative district out of the existing second congressional district in Cebu province to be known as the seventh legislative district.
Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, said Cebu, which is ranked as the fifth most populated province in the country, has six legislative districts.
Cebu’s second legislative district is composed of 15 municipalities or more than one-third of the 44 municipalities of the province.
The district two also has the biggest number of barangays at 284 and has 246.8 kilometers of national roads, the longest among the six legislative districts of the province.
Under the proposed bill, the seventh legislative district shall be composed of the municipalities of Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc, and Ginatilan.
According to Marcos, the proposed new district will have a population of 200,092 based on the 2010 census of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
Meanwhile, the municipalities of Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander and Samboan with a combined population of 223,360 would continue to comprise the second legislative district of the province.
HB 4427 that was introduced by Represenatives Wilfredo Caminero, Benhur Salimbangon, Aileen Radaza and Gwendolyn Garcia also aimed to ease the burden of its representatives.
“The land area of the present second congressional district, as compared to the remaining congressional districts of Cebu province, burdens its present representatives in the effective discharge of its duties to its constituents,” the proponents said.
Marcos on the other hand noted that the creation of a new legislative district will boost the development efforts not only in the said area but in the whole province.
“With the increasing population of the Province of Cebu and its fast development, the province indeed deserves an additional seat in the House of Representatives,” Marcos added.