Bohol solon proposes 5 legislative districts for the province

Published August 22, 2018, 12:28 PM

by iManila Developer

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado is proposing to reapportion the province of Bohol into five legislative districts.

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Citing the 2015 Census of Population conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), he said the province of Bohol has a total population of 1,313, 560, as of August 2015.

“However, the province of Bohol, at present, has only three legislative districts. Clearly, it is underrepresented in the House of Representatives, ” Aumentado said.

He filed House Bill 7999 seeking to increase Bohol’s existing legislative districts from three to five. It will commence in the next national and local elections after the effectivity of the proposed Act.

Under the measure, the First Legislative District shall be composed of the following municipalities and city: Albuquerque, Baclayon, Corella, Cortes, Dauis, Panglao, Sikatuna and Tagbilaran City.

The Second Legislative District shall group Antiquera, Balilihan, Calape, Catigbian, Clarin, Loon, Maribojoc, Sagbayan, San Isidro, and Tubigon.

The Third Legislative District shall include Anda, Buenavista, Candijay, Dagohoy, Danao, Guindulman, Inabanga, Pilar and Sierra Bullones.

The Fourth Legislative District shall be composed of Alicia, Bien Unido, Getafe, Mabini, Pres, Carlos P. Garcia, San Miguel, Talibon, Trinidad and Ubay.

The Fifth Legislative District shall group Batuan, Bilar, Carmen, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Sevilla, and Valencia.

House Bill 7999 provides that the incumbent Representatives of the First, Second and Third Legislative Districts of the province of Bohol shall continue to represent their legislative districts until the new representatives shall have been elected and qualified.

The bill tasks the Commission Elections (Comelec) to issue the necessary rules and regulations to implement the proposed Act.