BACOLOD City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya has asked city officials to issue a stand on the proposed creation of a new legislative district in the city.

Gasataya said Friday he sent a letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and the members of the City Council asking their position on the redistricting and to determine if they are still willing to continue the proposal.

On July 2016, Gasataya introduced House Bill 147 (HB 147), which is an act reapportioning the lone legislative district of Bacolod and thereby creating a new legislative district from such reapportionment which seeks to create another legislative district due to its consistently increasing population.

Gasataya said it is in pursuit of efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of basic services and equal representation for the people of Bacolod.

HB 147 was already forwarded to the Technical Working Group chaired by Gasataya on Tuesday.

Gasataya said Abang Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano also reintroduced the redistricting bill authored by then Bacolod congressman Anthony Golez.

Bacolod, classified as a highly-urbanized city, has a total population of 511,820 based on the 2010 Philippine Statistics Authority census. It has a total of 61 barangays.

“This year, the city is projected to have a total of 579, 101 population based on 1.78 annual growth rate, according to the Bacolod City Planning and Development Office. These data clearly manifest that the city meets the minimum requirements set forth by law of a new legislative district,” Gasataya added.

Barangays 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 41, Alangilan, Banago, Bata, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, Montevista, and Villamonte shall comprise the first district.

On the other hand, Barangays 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, Alijis, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Singcang-Airport, Sum-ag, Tangub, and Vistal Alegre shall comprise the second district.

Gasataya said the House committee on local government requires a resolution for the current term and positions of the city officials.

“Any form of political advancement which could improve the economic situation of the city is a welcome undertaking,” he added.