Today, the Senate approved on second reading the legislative proposal seeking the reapportionment of the province of Bukidnon into four (4) legislative districts. The sponsor, Senate Committee on Local Government Chairman Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., recognized that Bukidnon has, through the years, steadily grown in population size, thereby necessitating the additional congressional district from its present three-district set-up.
Senator Marcos cited the 2010 Census of Population and Housing issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and made official by President Noynoy Aquino under Proclamation No. 362 dated March 30, 2012, which confirmed that Bukidnon has a total population of 1,299,192.
The reapportionment measure proposes that the 1st district of Bukidnon shall be composed of the municipalities of Baungon, Libona, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, and Talakag. 2nd district shall be composed of Malaybalay City, Impasugong, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, and San Fernando. The 3rd district shall be composed of Kadingilan, Damulog, Dangcagan, Don Carlos, Maramag, Kibawe, Kitaotao, and Quezon. The new fourth district shall be composed of Valencia city, Kalilangan, and Pangantucan.
Senator Bongbong echoed that, “the rule on reapportionment is based on the principle of equality of representation. Larger representative districts should, therefore, be entitled to more representatives in Congress. The people of the province of Bukidnon certainly deserve additional seats in the House of Representatives, after having complied with the (Constitution).”
Senator Bongbong Marcos delivered his sponsorship of the bill before no less than Bukidnon’s very own, former 2nd District Representative, now Senator, Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, who acted as the Presiding Officer. The bill shall now await the harmonization of the versions of the bill at the bicameral conference committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives, after which it shall again be submitted to the plenary for voting.