BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
A resolution requesting Bacolod Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya to update residents the status of the proposed bill dividing the city into two legislative districts was approved by members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.
Authored by Councilor Al Victor Espino, the resolution seeks to shed light on what has happened to House Bill No. 147 that was refiled by Gasataya in 2019, and whether it has been tackled or not yet.
Gasataya said earlier that, based on a study conducted, Bacolod is already qualified to be divided into two districts.
Under Section 1 of HB 147, barangays 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 41, Alangilan, Banago, Bata, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, Montevista, and Villamonte will comprise the first district.
Meanwhile, barangays 28, 29, 39, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, Alijis, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Singcang-Airport, Sum-ag, Taculing, Tangub, and Vista Alegre will comprise the second district.
The bill also proposes that the SP be composed of the vice mayor as presiding officer, and eight regular Council members for each district, including the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, president of Sangguniang Kabataan, and other sectoral representatives as members.
A 2015 census showed that the population of Bacolod stood at 561,875, and former Commission on Elections City Registrar Mavil Majarucon Sia said that was already too many for them to handle.
Gasataya stressed that redistricting is necessary in the pursuit of the city government for efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of basic services and equal representation for the people of Bacolod.*