A CENSUS is scheduled to determine the total population of Kabankalan City in a bid to tag it as a highly-urbanized area, said sixth district Representative Mercedes Alvarez.

Alvarez said Kabankalan is qualified in terms of income and land area, adding that the city only needs to meet the population requirement of 200,0000.

Once it becomes highly-urbanized, residents would no longer need to vote for governor and vice Governor. It will have its own representative in Congress for the lone district of Kabankalan City like Bacolod City.

Alvarez, however, said that a Presidential Proclamation is needed to make it official.

On the plans to make Negros Island into a one-island region, Kabankalan City is also considered to be regional center as it is located at the boundary of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

Alvarez said she is working out with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the concreting of farm to market roads after the completion of primary and secondary roads in the sixth district.

She said that even without the Priority Development Assistance Fund, she is hoping that DPWH will earmark the fund for those projects.

Alvarez added that in terms of health services, a huge budget is allocated for Philhealth to enroll more indigent families to avail free hospitalization and medicines. (TDE)