Al­varez to lobby pas­sage of Palawan bill by the Se­nate

Palawan News - - FRONT PAGE - By Aira Ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

Palawan Gov­er­nor Jose Al­varez said Fri­day he will per­son­ally ap­pear at the Se­nate when the up­per cham­ber starts its de­lib­er­a­tion this month on the mea­sure seek­ing to di­vide Palawan into three prov­inces.

Speak­ing to re­porters fol­low­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a new hos­pi­tal in

Roxas, Gov­er­nor Al­varez said he wants to show his sup­port to the mea­sure, Se­nate Bill 8055 when it is sub­jected to de­lib­er­a­tions.

“Konting bas­bas na lang, may­roon lang mga typo cor­rec­tions, then dadal­hin na sa ple­nary ‘yon. Kailan­gan ko lang pumunta para ma­pa­bilis,” Al­varez said at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new hos­pi­tal in Roxas town Fri­day.

Cur­rently, the pro­posal is at the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Lo­cal Govern­ment chaired by Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives had al­ready ap­proved the mea­sure jointly au­thored by the prov­ince’s three con­gress­men – Reps. Franz Al­varez, Gil Acosta, and Eric Abueg.

The di­vi­sion of the prov­ince may hap­pen in 2022, and by that time, Palawan’s In­ter­nal Rev­enue Al­lot­ment (IRA) would have reached P2.8 to P2.9 bil­lion, Al­varez also said

Un­der the pro­posal, Palawan will be di­vided into sep­a­rate prov­inces to be called as Palawan del Sur, Palawan Ori­en­tal, and Palawan del Norte.

Palawan del Sur will be com­prised of the towns of Abor­lan, Narra, Que­zon, Rizal, Sofro­nio Es­pañola, Brooke’s Point, Bataraza, Bal­abac, and Kalayaan.

Palawan del Norte will cover the towns of Tay­tay, El Nido, Li­na­pacan, Coron, Culion, and Busuanga while Palawan Ori­en­tal will be com­posed of the cen­tral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of San Vi­cente, Roxas, Araceli, Du­maran, Cuyo, Magsaysay, Ca­gayan­cillo, Agutaya.

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