People's Journal - New Camarines province eyed

14 September 2012

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | Journal Online

Featured-Image-Journal-OnlineMEYCAUAYAN, Bulacan — The fourth district of Camarines Sur is expected to be transformed into a new province to be called Nueva Camarines.

This after a “compromise” agreement was reached between proponents and oppositors to the creation of Nueva Camarines, said Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who had just filed a committee report on the establishment of the another province.

The original proposal was to split Camarines Sur into two provinces. Under the compromise deal, the fourth district will instead become Nueva Camarines. Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, is set to present his report on Monday before the plenary.

“I already filed a committee report yesterday regarding the compromise agreement. One district will be made into a province, ‘yung fourth district,” Marcos told mediamen after distributing goods to some 1,000 families in Barangay Banga here as his birthday treat to victims of the recent heavy flooding.

Congress has nine session days left before it goes on a two-week break middle of September . Villafuerte wants the Senate to pass the Nueva Camarines bill before the break so that politicians wanting to represent Nueva Camarines in Congress in next year’s local polls could file their certificate of candidacy from October 1 to 5 as set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

However, President Benigno Aquino III has to sign first the Nueva Camarines bill — if passed by the Senate — before they can register as candidates for the new province. Likewise, a plebiscite must also be conducted before October to allow Camarines Sur residents to decide whether they want the province divided.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III earlier said that Senators Sergio Osmena III, Antonio Trillanes IV and Joker Arroyo, a native of Camarines Sur, are not supportive of the plan to create Nueva Camarines.