Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, has delivered today, May 9, the sponsorship speech on House Bill 4245, An Act Reapportioning the Second Legislative District of Quezon City, Thereby Creating Two Additional Legislative Districts and Twelve Sangguniang Panglungsod Seats From Such Reapportionment.
“I urge my colleagues to support the passage of this bill. Through the years, Quezon City has steadily grown in size in terms of its population, which is now 2,761,720 based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing issued by the National Statistics Office. The second congressional district, which is sought to be reapportioned, has a constituency size and land area bigger than all the other existing districts in Quezon City combined. The same census showed that District II has a population of 1,611,488,” Senator Marcos said.
Under House Bill 4245, the second legislative district of Quezon City is reapportioned to create two more legislative districts to be known as the 5th and 6th congressional districts which will commence in the next national and local elections after the effectivity of this proposed law. The bill also sought for the election of twelve additional Sangguniang Panlungsod members to represent the proposed two more districts in conformity with the provision of Republic Act 6636, which mandates, among others, that Quezon City shall have six councilors for each of its representative districts.
“With the enormous size of the population of the second congressional district of Quezon City, which is even larger than some of our provinces, the people of Quezon City deserve more district representatives to promote their welfare. As constitutionalist Father Bernas said, the rule on reapportionment is based on the principle of equality of representation. This means that larger representative districts should be entitled to more representatives in Congress,” Senator Marcos explained.