By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard
The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 3917 separating Biñan City from the first legislative district of the province of Laguna to form the lone legislative district of Biñan.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the committee on local governments, sponsored the measure with acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Gregorio Honasan II, and Nancy Binay as co-sponsors.
House Bill No. 3917 was approved with 15 affirmative votes, and zero negative vote. Sotto, however, abstained from voting on the measure.
Marcos said a census on population and housing by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2010 placed the number of residents in the city of Biñan to 283,396.
“The noted increase in the population of the city of Biñan which now exceeds the 250,000 population threshold for a city to be entitled to one legislative district, the city deserves its own seat in the House of Representatives,” Marcos said.
Prior to its cityhood in 2010, the senator said Biñan was the richest municipality in the Philippines with an annual gross income of P677 million and net income of P250 million as of 2007, based on the record from the Commission on Audit.
In the last three years, it has been reported that the city generated an average annual gross income of P1.3 billion.
Biñan is one of three local government units comprising the first legislative district of the Province of Laguna. The cities of San Pedro and Sta. Rosa are composed of the two remaining districts.
House Bill No. 3917 is authored by Representatives Dan Fernandez, Pedro Acharon, George Arnaiz, Jonathan Dela Cruz, Anthony Bravo, Isagani Amatong, Juliette Uy, Monique Lagdameo, Carlos Padilla, Celso Lobregat, Lino Cayetano, Ibarra Gutierrez, Erlpe Amante, Carlos Zarate, Mel Senen Sarmiento, Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado, and Raneo Abu.