Leonardia asks proponents to consider city redistricting

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Monday, March 3, 2014


BACOLOD City Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia said Sunday that those who push for the city redistricting should reconsider their stand since the Priority Development Assistance Fund (Pdaf) has been abolished.

Leonardia, in a press statement Sunday, said the reason why redistricting Bacolod could have been beneficial to the city was that it could have doubled the Pdaf allocation to Bacolod. However, he said: “Now that the Pdaf has been abolished, we need to rethink our position on splitting the city into two districts.”

He said: “Pressing for two districts could only double government expenses for results that can be effectively delivered only by one congressman who works well and hard,” adding that “considering the new realities now, a single district could be more cost-efficient for the government.”

When he was still mayor in 2012, Leonardia issued Executive Order No. 21-2008 “Creating a special committee for the purpose of coming up with a comprehensive study for the transformation of the Lone District of Bacolod into two congressional districts.”

The Bacolod North District will be composed of Barangays 1 to 12, 17 to 31, 41, Alangilan, Banago, Bata, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, Montevista, Villamonte and Vista Alegre.

Bacolod South District, on the other hand, will be comprised of Barangays 13 to 16, 32 to 40, Alijis, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Singcang, Sum-ag, Taculing and Tangub.

The lawmaker said he had batted for redistricting in the past, because with two districts, the city will get twice the Pdaf to spur its development.

Mayor Monico Puentevella had announced earlier that he is reiterating the stand of the City Council and that of former Bacolod Representative Anthony Golez and Leonardia to divide Bacolod into two congressional districts.

The mayor also said that he will provide the Senate and the House of Representatives copies of the stand of the City Council, and will make proper representation with the office of Leonardia and all other congressmen in Negros Occidental to get their full support. (NLG)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 03, 2014.

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