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House bill proposes to split Rizal into six provinces

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Of the top 10 most populated provinces in the Philippines, Rizal has the fewest number of representatives in the House of Representatives with only four legislators representing close to 2.9 million Rizaleños.

This, according to Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles, is the rationale behind his proposal to split Rizal’s second legislative district into three separate districts “to afford the constituents of the district with proper and effective representation in the House of Representatives to meet their respective and distinct needs and requirements.”

“On the average, the 10 most populous provinces in the country have six representatives each in the House of Representatives. The province of Cebu, including its cities, have ten representatives in Congress representing 4.6 million people, or a ratio of around 1:460,000,” said Nograles.

“In Rizal you have four legislators representing around 2.9 million people, or a ratio of one for every 721,000 people. In terms of population, Rizal has roughly the same population as Pangasinan and Batangas, but these provinces have six legislative districts each. The disparity, I believe, is self-evident,” stressed the first-termer.

In House Bill No. 336, the lawyer proposes that his current district, consisting of the municipalities of Baras, Cardona, Jala-Jala, Morong, Pililla, Rodriguez (Montalban), San Mateo, Tanay and Teresa be split into three separate legislative districts.

The new Second Legislative District would be composed of the towns of Cardona, Baras, Tanay, Morong Jala Jala, Pililia, and Teresa. The town of San Mateo would be the Third Legislative District, while Rodriguez (Montalban) would be the province’s Fourth Legislative District.

The additional districts would give the province of Rizal a total of six legislative districts.

Rizal currently has four districts (Antipolo First District, Antipolo Second District, Rizal First District, and Rizal Second District).

According to Nograles, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reveal that the population of Rizal’s second district doubled between 2000 and 2015, from 533,299 to 1,070,852.

“In Montalban, the population increased by 221% in 15 years, while San Mateo experienced an 86% jump in its population. Now Montalban has a population of 369,222, while San Mateo has a population of 252,527,” he said.

Aside from demographics issues, Nograles explained that his district is composed of non-contiguous areas with characteristics, features and qualities different from each other.

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