Creation of 12 New Cities Approved - Batac Now A City!

The Senate approved yesterday 12 House of Representatives bills creating 12 cities throughout the country.  Before this legislative fiat, there were 118 cities in the nation. This brings to 130 the total number of cities in the Philippines.

This came after Sen. Alfredo S. Lim, chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, successfully led on the Senate floor the approval of the 12 House bills that had not been approved by three past Congresses.

Lim said the attainment to cityhood of these municipalities would have a beneficial effect on their future as they can now undertake their own infrastructure projects as investors are likely to go to cities.

League of Cities Wants Veto on City Hood of 12 Towns

ILOILO City: The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will ask President Arroyo to veto the bill on the conversion of 12 municipalities into cities. LCP President Mayor Jerry Treñas said he was dismayed by the Senate’s approval on third reading of the bill.

Earlier, Treñas said the LCP would be campaigning against reelectionist senators who would vote for the conversion of the 12 towns into cities.

The LCP will hold its 30th National Executive Board Meeting on Thursday, February 9, at the CSB Hotel in Malate, Manila. Treñas said they would discuss their next moves.

Update: New Cities - Borongan, Tabuk, Batac

MANILA, Philippines - Three more cities have been created - two in Luzon on Saturday and one in the Visayas on Thursday -- and their proclamation as such would entitle them to a bigger share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) fund.

Despite questions about the viability and its readiness, Borongan, the capital of Eastern Samar province, was proclaimed a city at about 11:20 p.m. on Thursday.

About 300 people gathered at the plaza as city officials released balloons and lighted fireworks to celebrate the occasion.

Northern Luzon has two new cities after residents of Tabuk, Kalinga, and Batac, Ilocos Norte, endorsed the cityhood bids of their towns on Saturday.

Mayor Jeffrey C. Nalupta Inaugural Address

The Honorable Inducting Officer, Judge Virgilio Macaraig; The Honorable Mayor Jesus R. Nalupta, Sr.; ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

In this eventful day of our oath-taking and assumption into office, as your city officials for the next three years, we are extremely delighted, honoured and thankful of your presence, by your greetings, and your best wishes.

You come today in large numbers, representing the cross-section of our local populace, from the barangays, to NGOs, from NGAs to schools, from the religious to city employees- all of you stakeholders of this ever-evolving and dynamic local government unit of Batac and all of you, proven to be our dependable partners and allies in development.