Davide supports moves to create a new district in south Cebu-A A +A
Thursday, February 27, 2014
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III expressed support for the proposal to split the second congressional district in the province.
Rep. Wilfredo Caminero (Cebu Province, 2nd district) filed a bill to create a seventh district in Cebu by splitting his district.
Cebu Province has six districts, Cebu City has two and Lapu-Lapu City serves as a lone district.
“I am in favor of splitting the (second) district. That way, dunay opportunity pud ang uban na gusto modagan og (there will be an opportunity for those who want to run for) congressman or board member,” Davide said.
In House Bill 3149 filed by Caminero, the new district will include the municipalities of Ginatilan, Alcantara, Badian, Ronda, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Alegria and Malabuyoc.
The towns of Argao, Boljoon, Santander, Dalaguete, Samboan, Alcoy and Oslob will comprise the second district.
Davide said the second district has 15 towns, which is difficult for a candidate for a congressman or Provincial Board member to cover. He said that Cebu Province should have eight to nine districts.
He said he is also in favor of making Mandaue City a lone district.
In a separate interview, Ginatilan Mayor Dean Michael Singco said second district mayors have supported the move to split the district since the term of then congressman Pablo Garcia.
In 2008, Garcia filed House Bill 3865 seeking to divide the second district. The bill was approved in the Lower House in 2011.
Singco said the mayors of the second district passed a resolution to make their stand known.
The move, he said, would make it easier for the congressman to visit the towns and attend to their concerns.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.