House OKs bill dividing Iloilo City into 2 districts

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The House of Representatives has approved a bill splitting Iloilo City into two congressional districts.

Voting 207 for, zero against, and six abstentions, the House plenary ratified on Tuesday House Bill No. (HBN) 3074 authored by Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda.

HBN 3074 seeks to reapportion the districts of Jaro, La Paz and Mandurriao to one congressional district while the other legislative district would be composed of the City Proper, Molo, Arevalo and Lapuz. (

The measure also called the reapportioning of the composition of the Sangguniang Panlungsod with 16 regular members – eight each from the two new legislative districts.

“With two legislators, we can expect more projects and programs from the national government, a doubled effort to woo investors and more benefits for the people,” said Baronda.

Representatives Michael Gorriceta (2nd district, Iloilo), Raul Tupas (5th district, Iloilo), and Stephen Paduano (ABANG LINGKOD Partylist) signed as co-author of the bill.

A counterpart bill in Senate is needed to complete the city’s redistricting bid.