The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., delivered yesterday, June 6, his sponsorship speech on House Bill 3860, a proposed measure that seeks to reapportion the province of Aklan into two congressional districts.
“Aklan has a robust economy. It depends greatly on agriculture. The massive and sustained education and research in agriculture production, the implementation of national program in agriculture, well-established marketing strategies, as well as the support of the agribusiness industry and other private and non-government sectors, result to better production and higher income of the farmers. The province takes pride of the famous Boracay Island and other beaches, cascading waterfalls, crystalline springs, centuries-old churches, rare coral reefs, lush rainforests, and the rhythmic beatings of drums at Ati-Atihan’s Street parades,” Senator Marcos said.
Based on the 2010 Census of Population, the province has a total population of 535,725. Presently, Aklan has only one legislative district. Under the bill, the first legislative district shall be composed of the municipalities Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Kalibo, Libacao, Madalag, and New Washington. The proposed second district, on the other hand, shall be composed of the towns of Burunga, Ibajay, Lezo, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, Numancia, and Tangalan.
“After having complied with the constitutional mandates and with the increasing population of the province, the people of Aklan deserve additional democratic representation in the House of Representatives,” Senator Marcos said.