GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The re-filing of a bill that seeks the separation of this city into a new congressional or legislative district will be the top priority if reelected South Cotabato (1st District) Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. when the 16th Congress begins its sessions on July 1.
Acharon said his office is now preparing the necessary requirements for the filing of the measure, which sets the reconfiguration of the first and second legislative districts of South Cotabato to pave the way for the creation of a new legislative district in the area.
“The city has long been qualified to have its own separate legislative district, so (the passage of) this measure is long overdue,” he said.
The official said the separation into a new district also augurs well with the city’s development goals and direction.
Acharon, who is a former mayor of this city, was reelected last May 13 for a second term to the House of Representatives under the administration-backed Liberal Party-Nationalist People’s Coalition-Achiever’s with Integrity Movement (LP-NPC-AIM) ticket.
He convincingly won over reelected Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao’s younger brother Rogelio of the People’s Champ Movement-United Nationalist Alliance.
Acharon initially filed House Bill (HB) 6038 or “an act reapportioning the composition of the first and second legislative districts in the province of South Cotabato and thereby creating a new legislative district from such reapportionment,” on March 19, 2012.
It was referred to the House committee on local government on May 7 but failed to get past the preliminary discussions until the 15th Congress went on recess last February for the May 13 elections.
South Cotabato (2nd District) Second District Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, who co-authored HB 6038, earlier admitted that they ran out of time to have the measure calendared for committee hearings
as it was filed “quite late.” (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)