Conversion of the Municipality of Imus into a Component City

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Conversion of the Municipality of Imus into a component city
28 November 2011

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report to the Senate House Bill No. 4729, in consideration of Senate Bill no. 2761, which seeks to convert the municipality of Imus in the province of Cavite into a component city to be known as the City of Imus.

The said municipality is rich in history, both from our colorful journey to independence from colonization and from our quest for economic development.

In the distant past, Imus was the site of two major katipunero victories during the Philippine revolution against Spain in the historic battle of Imus on September 3, 1896 and the Battle of Alapan, on May 28, 1898, the day when the first Philippine flag was flown where it earned its distinction as the “Flag Capital of the Philippines”. At present, the said locality is in the winning battle for economic development, taking advantage of the potentials of its proximity to, and strategic location at the entrance of Cavite province from Metro-Manila. In fact, Imus serves as a favorite site for industrial establishments such as Imus Informal Industrial Estate and Anabu Hills Industrial Estate which now house numerous business undertakings by foreign and local investors.

Imus is now home to 5,712 commercial establishments, 48 manufacturing establishments and 249 financial institutions.

Several subdivisions and mass housing projects and the establishment of factories and many small-scale industries in many of its barangays have resulted to heavy-in-migration in the municipality.

Based on the 2007 census, Imus has 253,158 inhabitants. The local government unit of Imus therefore meets the population requirement under republic act 9009, amending section 450 of the Local Government Code or R.A. 7160 of at least one hundred fifty thousand inhabitants.

Certainly, the conversion of the municipality into a component city will further enhance the capability of the said local government unit to deliver the needed services to its ever-growing population and at the same time, to be more effective partner of the national government in promoting economic growth.

The municipality of Imus has earned an income classification of first class since 1986 and has shown a steady rise in its income over the years. The average annual income of Imus for calendar years 2008 and 2009 based on 2000 constant prices, exclusive of ira, special funds, transfer and non-recurring income is one hundred forty four million nine hundred eighty one thousand four hundred forty three thousand pesos and 72/100 (Php144,981,443.72). This is above the one hundred million peso income requirement under Republic Act 9009, amending section 450 of the Local Government Code or R.A. 7160.

In recognition of its rapid urbanization and the consequent need to provide the basic services to its constituents, congress, through Republic Act 9727, entitled “An Act Reapportioning the Province of Cavite into seven (7) legislative districts, had deemed it proper to provide its own congressional district which is known as the third congressional district in the province of Cavite.

It is important to note that Imus became an independent municipality on October 3, 1795. On June 11, 1977, my father, then President Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 1163, which transferred the provincial capital of Cavite from Trece Martires City to Imus. Although the seat of the provincial government of Cavite was moved back to Trece Martires City, there is no other enabling law after P.D 1163 that specifies the capital of Cavite.

Imus is the foremost banking center of Cavite and is also known as the center of religion of the province of Cavite and home of the Imus Cathedral, the seat of the Diocese of Imus.

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, having satisfied the legal requirements for the conversion to cityhood, as chairman of the Committee on Local Government, I earnestly appeal for the approval of Committee Report 85 to pave way to the cityhood of Imus.

Thank you.

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