The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., presided the committee hearing today, May 24, on House Bills 3860 and 5689, proposed laws seeking to create additional legislative districts in the province of Aklan and Bulacan, respectively.
House Bill No. 3680, authored by Cong. Florencio Milaflores of Aklan is approved in the committee level. This bill proposes that the province of Aklan shall have two legislative districts to commence in the next national elections. The towns of Alvatas, Balete, Banga, Kalibo, New Washington, Libacao, and Madalag shall comprise the first legislative district. While the second legislative district shall be composed of the municipalities of Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, Numancia, and Tangalan.
“Aklan has complied with the constitutional mandates required for the creation of additional district. The 2010 National Statistics Office census of population showed that Aklan has a total population of 535,725. Cong. Miraflores also attested that the proposed legislative districts are composed of municipalities which are contiguous, compact, and adjacent with each other.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marcos directed the postponement of the deliberations on the issues and merits of House Bill 5689. “We will postpone this hearing until the local issues have been resolved among the local government officials concerned,” Marcos ordered. House Bill 5689 proposes that the third and fourth legislative districts of Bulacan be reapportioned to create an additional legislative district to be known as the fifth legislative district, which shall be composed of the municipalities of Sta. Maria and Norzagaray. Cong. Joselito Mendoza and Cong. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, representatives of third and fourth district of Bulacan, respectively, authored House Bill 5689.
Sen. Gringo Honasan II, Sen. Franklin Drilon, and local government officials of the provinces of Aklan and Bulacan, also attended the hearing chaired by Sen. Marcos.