By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
NAVAL, Biliran — The governor of Biliran is confident Naval can meet the requirements for the town to be converted into a city.
Naval and Catarman, Northern Samar, are the only capitals in the six provinces in Eastern Visayas that are not cities.
During the town’s 158th Pueblo Day, Gov. Gerry Espina shared that the provincial government is willing to assist Naval meet the income requirement because it has already complied with the population and land area requirements.
The second-class town already has as many as 900 businesses, earns an average of R120 million in annual income, has a 108 square kilometer land area and 28,000 voting population.
It has 26 barangays, including Higatangan Island, one of the top tourist destinations in the province.
“Since I became the mayor in 1998, I have witnessed the town’s humble beginnings, and its improvement in economy, which we hope would pave the way to the town’s cityhood,” Espina said.