Law Creating Two Additional Quezon City Districts Approved
On 2 July 2012, House Bill No. 4245 was signed and approved into law by President Benigno C. Aquino III as Republic Act No. 10170. Considered a “long-overdue” bill that should have been passed way back in 1992, the Quezon City redistricting proposal finally got the thumbs-up of both Houses of Congress and the President, in time for the 2013 midterm elections.
The approved redistricting measure of Quezon City shall divide the present District 2 into three districts, creating in the process additional two: Districts 5 and 6.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., who chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government, ensured that the redistricting measure this time enjoyed a smooth and safe passage in the Senate committee en route to the plenary vote of the Senate. Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who has known about the public clamor for the redistricting way back when he was Vice-Mayor of the City, commended Senator Marcos “for having taken the cudgels” for the entire constituency of Quezon City.
Senator Marcos conceded that, “with the large population of Quezon City, the people of this local government unit undoubtedly deserve additional seats in the House of Representatives.” He emphasized that District 2, “has a constituency in size and land area bigger than all the other existing districts in Quezon City combined.”
Prior to the redistricting efforts, District 2 alone accounts for already more than 1.6M of the entire population of the Quezon City, which totals 2.7M as of the first quarter of 2012. With the new redistricting layout of Quezon City, the 1.6M population would be evenly distributed to three districts, with proper political representation in the House of Representatives and in local City Councils.
According the new law, the reapportionment of the Quezon City legislative districts shall commence in the next national and local elections after the effectivity of the law.