Quezon City–A bill creating two legislative districts for the City of Iloilo was approved by the House of Representatives on third reading. Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Treñas successfully pushed for the creation of an additional legislative district for his city through the passage of his authored House Bill No. 3474.
“The creation of an additional legislative district for Iloilo City is long overdue,” said Treñas. Iloilo City already has one of the largest populations among the major cities in the Philippines. As of the last official census conducted in by the NSO in 2007, Iloilo City already had a population of 418,710.
Treñas mentioned that the membership of the House of Representatives is based on proportionate representation, which is based on the population of a particular territorial district. Moreover, the high population of Iloilo City more than merits the approval of his redistricting bill. “It is about time that Iloilo City, which has long been acknowledged as the cultural, commercial, academic, religious and governmental center in Western Visayas, gets another legislative district,” said Treñas.
The Iloilo City Congressman also stated that the other “Commonwealth-era” cities like Manila, Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga already have multiple districts.
Under the approved redistricting bill, the Lone District of Iloilo City shall be divided into two legislative districts. The first legislative district will be composed of Jaro, Lapaz, Lapuz and Mandurriao while the second legislative district shall include the City Proper, Molo and Arevalo.