By: Felipe V. Celino
JAMINDAN, Capiz – Capiz Second District Rep. Fredenil “Oto” Castro is amenable to the creation of an additional legislative district in Capiz.
“But let us see the creation of another district is beneficial or not for the development and improvement of the province”, he said.
Castro said he will support the measure if it will add more services to the people, rather than political accommodation.
He said the creation of another legislative district will take long processes, more studies and entails time.
Castro was one of the guest speakers of the Municipal Talakayan-cum-State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) of Jamindan Mayor Mac Arthur Valdemar on Nov. 10, 2017.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the province of Capiz is ripe for the creation of a third legislative district following the rise of its population.
PSA-Capiz chief Frankie Dordas said that based on the August 2015 Census of Population, the population of Capiz is now 761,384.
Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, there should be one representative or congressman for every 250,000 population.
Capiz 1st district Rep. Emmanuel “Tawi” Billones Sr. supported the creation of additional legislative district.
Should it materialize, improvement in the municipalities and barangays would be easier, but the composition of the first and second districts would be affected.
Billones said that it would take a long process before the third district is created.
The first district represented by Billones is comprised of Roxas City and the towns of Panay, Panitan, Pontevedra, Pilar, Maayon and President Roxas.
The second district includes the towns of Ivisan, Sapian, Mambusao, Sigma, Dao, Cuartero, Dumalag, Dumarao, Jamindan, and Tapaz.
There is a possibility that Roxas City and towns of Ivisan, Panay and Panitan would be merged to compose the third legislative district because the population in said areas is enough for another district.