Alvarez to lobby passage of Palawan bill by the Senate
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.