Last week, Iloilo City Congressman Raul Gonzalez, Jr. filed House Bill No. 3672 which seeks to divide the current Lone District of Iloilo City into two congressional districts. Under the proposed bill, the First Congressional District will be comprised of all areas north of Iloilo River (i.e. Jaro, Mandurriao, Lapaz and Lapuz) while the Second Congressional District will be composed of Arevalo, Molo and City Proper located south of the river. Aside from adding another legislative district, the bill will also increase the number of City Councilors from twelve (12) to sixteen (16), to be elected by district.
Although it was already a thriving urban center during the Spanish period, it was only in 1936 that
According to Congressman Gonzalez, redistricting
I believe that the addition of another district is not only necessary but long overdue. Other “Commonwealth-era” cities like