Guiao files lone district bill

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "With the continued progress and development of Angeles City, it is high time that its 33 barangays will have their own, exclusive representative in Congress."

So, emphasized first district Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao as he filed at the House of Representatives last Tuesday House Bill (HB) 4350 calling for the conversion of Angeles City into a lone district.

Guiao said that HB 4350, "An Act Separating Angeles City from the First District of Pampanga Creating for that Purpose, the Lone District of Angeles City," seeks to create a separate congressional district for Angeles City, thereby separating it from the First Legislative District of Pampanga based on Paragraph 3, Section 5, Article VI of the Constitution, which states that "Each legislative district shall comprise, as far as practicable, contiguous, compact and adjacent territory. Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative."

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He said that according to the 2010 Census, the population of Angeles City stands at 326,336; Mabalacat City at 215,610; and Magalang at 103,597.

"Based on the Constitutional Provision, with the minimum population requirement set forth by the Constitution, Angeles City truly qualifies to have its own, separate representative in Congress," said Guiao in his explanatory note.

The bill clarifies that if enacted, the City of Angeles will be "separated from the First District of Pampanga to constitute the Lone Legislative District of Angeles City, which shall commence in the next national and local elections" after the effectivity of the Act.

Guiao added in the bill that "the incumbent Representative of the First District of Pampanga shall continue to represent the said district until the new Representative of the Lone Legislative District of Angeles City shall have been elected and qualified. The Commission on Elections, he said, shall issue the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act."

The two remaining components of Pampanga's first district, meanwhile, continue to meet the minimum population requirement and shall remain as part of the first district of Pampanga, the bill said. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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