A measure dividing the second district of Rizal province into three now awaits President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.
Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles said reapportioning his district will be beneficial to residents of Rizal since more funds will be allocated to it under the General Appropriations Act.
Nograles was the authors of House Bill 6222 that was approved by the House of Representatives last year.
Senator Francis Tolentino sponsored a similar measure that was approved early this month.
The two measures do not have conflicting provisions and was transmitted to Malacañang for the President’s signature.
Once enacted into law, the Commission on Elections will call for a plebiscite.
Under the proposal, the current second district would retain the municipalities of Cardona, Baras, Tanay, Morong, Jalajala, Pililla, and Teresa. San Mateo will be the third district while Rodriguez will be the fourth.
“While it is a fulfilling challenge trying to serve the 2nd District, the reality is that as is, our resources always have to be stretched thin so that it could reach our more than one million constituents, which amounts to over half of Rizal’s entire population,” said Nograles.