PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The approved resolution to divide Palawan into three provinces has been transmitted to the House of Representatives, according to 3rd Palawan District Rep. Gil Acosta Sr.
Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and Vice Governor Dennis Socrates personally handed the measure to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Congress and to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on January 16.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan accompanied the governor and vice governor, Acosta said in an interview with local media on Thursday.
The resolution, a final version of four merged proposals, was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan on December 12.
Acosta said he will file the bill next Monday with Reps. Eric Abueg of the 2nd Palawan District and Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez of the 1st Palawan District.
The measure contains the division of the province into Southern, Central, and Northern Palawan.
Southern Palawan will be composed of the towns of Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Rizal, Sofronio Española, Brooke’s Point, Bataraza, and Balabac.
Northern Palawan, on the other hand, will be comprised of Coron, Culion, Busuanga, Linapacan, Cuyo, Agutaya, and Magsaysay, while Central will be constituted by the towns of Roxas, Taytay, El Nido, San Vicente, Dumaran, Kalayaan, Araceli, and Cagayancillo.
Acosta said one of the topics discussed with Speaker Alvarez was about the situation of Puerto Princesa, the second largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. Puerto Princesa is not part of any of the three proposed provinces.
“The City of Puerto Princesa, depending on the decision of its officials and the City Council, can also become a province. The suggestion is to discuss this with the city government, and maybe next week, the governor will schedule a meeting with the members of the City Council and Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates,” he said.
Acosta added that the provincial and city governments have agreed to discuss the city’s position on the division of Palawan.
“The division of Palawan is a good idea, what if it becomes four provinces? It’s even better for the province of Palawan,” he said. (PNA)