By Ritchie A. Horario | The Manila Times
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law on Tuesday a measure creating two additional congressional districts in Quezon City, touted as the country’s richest city.
The approved redistricting measure of Quezon City under Republic Act No. 10170 provides that the present District 2 shall be divided into three districts, creating in the process Districts—5 and 6.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who chairs the Senate committee on local government, said that the measure was “long-overdue” and added that this should have been passed in 1992.
He steered deliberations on the redistricting measure until its smooth and sound passage in the Senate committee en route to the plenary.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, a former vice mayor of the city, said that he had known about the public clamor for the redistricting way back in the early 1990s and commended Marcos “for having taken the cudgels” for the entire constituency of Quezon City.
“With the large population of Quezon City, the people of this local government unit undoubtedly deserve additional seats in the House of Representatives,” Marcos said.
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 1.6 million of the entire population of the city, which is 2.7 million as of the first quarter of 2012.
With the new redistricting layout of Quezon City, the 1.6-million population would be evenly distributed to three districts, with proper political representation in the House of Representatives and in local city councils.
According to the new law, the reapportionment of the Quezon City legislative districts shall commence in the next national and local elections after the law becomes effective.