KABAYAN Party-list Representatives have filed a bill seeking to relocate the country's political capital to Davao City.
Manila, the current capital, shall remain the economic and financial capital of the country.
In a statement on Wednesday, Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang cited four reasons for proposing the Philippine Capital Relocation bill.
They said the relocation of the government's seat will address the issue of Manila Imperialism; spur development in the countryside, particularly in Mindanao; strengthen nationalism and sense of belongingness for the people in the countryside, particularly the people of Mindanao; and decongest Metro Manila in order to ease traffic and lessen business losses.
The offices that will be transferred to Davao once the bill takes effect are: Presidential Palace; Vice-Presidential Palace; Senate; House of Representatives; Supreme Court; Constitutional Offices; and national offices of government agencies.
The bill suggested that the offices previously occupied by the government agencies in Metro Manila shall be converted to their NCR regional offices while those with historical significance shall be transferred to the National Historical Commission.
Malacañang shall remain as the official residence of the President in Manila.
Concerning employees of the government who shall be affected, the Kabayan party-list suggested that they be given the option to resign or early retire.
They also will be given entitlements pursuant to existing laws.
The bill is asking for P1 billion in initial funds to be sourced from the Presidential Savings of the current fiscal year and for the succeeding fiscal years, the bill states that funding should be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.
The lawmakers noted that in the United States, Washington D.C. serves as the political capital while New York is its financial capital. In China, Beijing is the political capital while Shanghai is its financial capital. (SunStar Philippines)