Bill seeks to divide Lanao del Sur-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
HOUSE Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong revived a proposal seeking to split the province of Lanao del Sur into two.
"Its establishment as a new province will certainly promote, invigorate, and reinforce the economic potential of Lanao, and accelerate the development of the region," Balindong said.
Balindong, the representative of Lanao del Sur's second district, said the proposal is "neither new nor without basis" as it has already been introduced 42 years ago.
The House leader cited Republic Act 6406, which mandates the creation of the new Province of Maranaw out of eastern Lanao del Sur. The law was approved on October 4, 1971.
"But the declaration of Martial Law in the country on September 21, 1972, which disrupted the elections for 1973, prevented the organization of the Maranaw province. Thus, without the political will or the resources to implement RA 6406, the division of Lanao del Sur never took place," Balindong pointed out.
Under the bill, the new province of Maranaw would include the towns of Buadiposo-Buntong, Bubong. Bumbaran, Ditsaan-Ramain, Kapai, Lumba-Bayabao, Maguing, Marantao, Masiu, Mulondo, Piagapo, Poona Bayabao, Saguiaran, Tagoloan II, Tamparan, Taraka, Wao and with Marawi City as capital.
Likewise, the proposed new province of Lanao del Sur would be consist of the municipalities of Bacolod-Kalawi, Balabagan, Balindong, Bayang, Binidayan, Butig, Calanogas, Ganassi, Kapatagan, Lumbaca-Unayan, Lumbatan, Lumbayanague, Madalum, Madamba, Marogong, Pagayawan, Picong, Pualas, Sultan Dumalondong, Tubaran and Tugaya, with Malabang as the new capital.
"The proposed division satisfies all the requisites for the creation of a province under the Local Government Code," Balindong said.
The proposal is currently pending before the House committee on local government. (Sunnex)