Bacolod to be Converted Into 2 Congressional Districts

With an increasing population and the need for the “effective delivery of basic services and equal representation for the people of Bacolod”, Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya pushed anew for the creation of another legislative district in this capital city.

Gasataya filed said House Bill No. 147 which seeks to reapportion Bacolod City into two legislative districts.

He has sought the views of Bacolod City officials on the matter.

He added that the bill has already been referred to the technical working group, which he chairs, upon deliberation by the House Committee on Local Government.

A committee hearing was conducted last week to study the proposed bills for redistricting, which included the bills he and partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano filed, he said.

Gasataya pointed out that Paduano’s bill was a re-introduction of a previous bill formerly authored by then Bacolod City Rep. Anthony Golez.

“The requirement of the House Committee on Local Government is an SP resolution for the current term and the position of the City of Bacolod,” he said, adding that there were resolutions passed during the previous council endorsing the redistricting of the city.

He said that his purpose in writing the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the City Council was to ask for their positions on having two congressional districts in Bacolod.

Their stand will be the basis for calling a meeting of the technical working group that will study the redistricting proposal, he said.

A similar bill was passed by Congress during the time of Golez but it was not approved by the Senate, so he reintroduced it in July 2016, Gasataya said.*


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