Mr. President, distinguished Colleagues, I have the honor to report to the Senate, House Bill No. 5786, which proposes to convert the municipality of San Pedro in the province of Laguna into a component city to be known as the City of San Pedro.
Named after its patron saint, Saint Peter, San Pedro is now a popular religious tourism destination with its shrine of the miraculous “Lolo Uweng” in Barangay Landayan, which attracts half-a-million pilgrims during Lenten season.
It is also famous for its annual fiesta sampaguita to continuously give recognition to sampaguita as the national flower.
In 2009, the people of San Pedro made their mark on the world map of extraordinary achievers by establishing the Guinness world record for the longest fresh flower lei/garland.
San Pedro is a first class urban municipality in the province of Laguna. It is the Laguna’s gateway to Metro Manila since it lies on the boundary with Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila’s southernmost city. This position makes San Pedro a popular suburban residential community, where many residents commute daily for work in Metro Manila.
San Pedro with 20 barangays, is likewise the most populous among the municipalities in Laguna. It is has two hundred ninety four thousand three hundred ten (294, 310) inhabitants based on 2010 census of population and housing issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and declared official by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III under Proclamation No. 362 dated March 30, 2012.
San Pedro has four thousand seven hundred five (4,705) total business establishments. A large percentage of industrial and manufacturing establishments of San Pedro are located on the adjacent Barangays of San Vicente and San Antonio.
With its prudent and sound fiscal policies in the municipality, it has posted a significant increase in its locally generated income. The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) certified that the average annual regular income of San Pedro for calendar years 2009 and 2010 based on 2000 constant prices, exclusive of internal revenue allotment, special funds, transfer and non-recurring income is one hundred six million eighty-one thousand three hundred fifty-five pesos & 44/100 (p 106, 081,355.44).
The conversion of San Pedro into a component city will not reduce the income of the province of Laguna to less than the minimum annual income requirement of P20 million. As certified and attested to by the BLGF the income of the province of Laguna would still be above the minimum income requirement for a province, being five hundred fifty-six million nine hundred eighty-seven thousand seven hundred eighty-three pesos & 57/00 (p556,987,783.57).
Agriculture lands in San Pedro now account for only thirteen (13) hectares of the total land area due to residential, commercial and industrial conversions. The Land Management Bureau (LMB) certified that San Pedro has a total land area of 2,405 hectares or 24.05 square kilometers. This shows that they did not meet the minimum land area requirement under the code which is at least one hundred (100) square kilometers.
Section 450 of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended by Republic Act No. 9009, expressly provides that the requisites for the conversion of a municipality to a component city are income and, territory or population, the last two elements being alternative in nature.
The municipality of San Pedro, having satisfied the income and population requirements, is qualified for the conversion to cityhood.
Your Committee believes that such conversion would translate into an efficient local governance, that would mean development, prosperity and better quality of life for its people.
It is for these reasons that as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government, I earnestly request this August Chamber to join me in approving Committee Report no. 555 for the cityhood of San Pedro, in the province of Laguna.