Splitting Iloilo city into two congressional districts won’t affect province: Defensor


The proposed redistricting of Iloilo City will have no major impact on the province, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said.

On February 2, the House of Representatives earlier approved on third and final reading House Bill No. (HBN) 8477, filed by Rep. Julienne Baronda, seeking to divide Iloilo City into two districts.

Defensor expressed confidence that the proposal will not disturb the present status of the province. (

The creation of another district means another representative will be able to provide more projects, financial assistance, scholarships and other services to Iloilo City, according to the governor.

HBN 8477 groups the districts of Jaro, La Paz and Mandurriao together as the First Legislative District, and cluster the City Proper, Molo, Arevalo, and Lapuz as the Second Legislative District.