Iloilo lacks population count for 2 congressional districts-A A +A
Monday, October 8, 2012
ILOILO City still lacks the required population count of 500,000 as a basic requirement to have two congressional districts.
The city will have to wait few more years to have an additional congressional district and it is not correct to blame national and city leaders for the redistricting fiasco.
Championed by incumbent Representative Jerry P. Treñas, the redistricting of Iloilo City was started five years ago to have two congressional districts to serve the growing needs of a developing city.
The Treñas bill unanimously approved by the Lower House focuses on two other basic requirements such as land area and income. However, the Senate committee chaired by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos deemed to keep the Treñas bill until the city will be able to accomplish the population requirement.
On the other hand, the National Statistics Office (NSC) report to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) showed that in the May 1, 2010 census of population and households, Western Visayas has a total of 7.1 million population with a growth rate of 1.38 percent.
The province of Iloilo has a population count of 1.8 million as of 2010 while Iloilo City posted 424,619 population but has a low growth rate of 1.59 percent as compared to Bacolod City, which has now 511,820 population with an annual growth rate of 1.71 percent.
In the 2007 census of population and households, Iloilo City posted 418,710 population and for three years, the population increase is only 5,909 heads. (Lydia C. Pendon)