Rodriguez welcomes lone district resolution

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Pampanga third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez welcomed the passage of the City Council resolution here moving for the transformation of this capital city into a lone congressional district.

While lamenting that it took the council of the City of San Fernando a year to pass the resolution, Rodriguez said that he would need to catch up on the lost time to be able to have the necessary bill scheduled on the committee level in the House of Representatives.

“We are thankful that they have passed such resolution. It is just a matter now of fast tracking the work to have it scheduled in the House of Representatives,” Rodriguez told Sun.Star Pampanga.

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City officials here claimed that a recent study shows that Pampanga is one of the most underrepresented provinces in the Philippines in terms of congressional districts. Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, the province of Pampanga posted a total population of 2,350,355, which is covered by only four congressional districts.

The study, the local officials said, recommended that the province should have at least eight representatives in order to attain a higher standard of living.

Rodriguez said that he will immediately set to work on the proposed bill in the House of Representatives based on the said resolution. Once turned into law, the city will be turned into a lone district separate from the other towns of the third congressional district which Rodriguez currently represents.

The lone district would then have to elect its own representative in the lower house of Congress. The move is expected to benefit the city as it would have its own representation in congress for the city’s individual needs. On a political level, the move is expected to change the political setting in the district.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez also said that he has also asked the city council for another resolution declaring the capital as a highly-urbanized city.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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