Gasataya to re-introduce redistricting bill at the 19th congress


Congressman Greg Gasataya confirmed on June 1 that he will refile his bill that will create two legislative districts in the City of Bacolod.

Gasataya said in an interview over FMR Radio that as soon as the 19th Congress convenes on June 30, he will reintroduce his bill, which has been pending in the House since 2016. According to Gasataya, the bill has been stalled for over 6 years due to a lack of support from the current members of the Bacolod city council.

Gasataya first introduce House Bill 147 that seeks to divide the city into 2 legislative districts in June 30, 2016. But the bill did not progress then due to lack of appropriate endorsement from the local officials. He refiled the bill on July 1, 2019, but the same did not receive an endorsement from the local officials of Bacolod.

With the majority of his partymates under Asenso Bacolod poised to dominate the city council by June 30, the solon is optimistic that his proposal would be approved. Gasataya is in his final term as a Bacolod congressman. Gasataya was a part of Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s Grupo Progreso before he jumped to Team Asenso in the last election.

In his explanatory notes on the proposed bill, Gasataya stressed that dividing Bacolod City into 2 legislative districts is a matter of necessity. This according to him is to ensure that efficient and effective public service is rendered to the city’s constituents.

Under his proposal, Barangays 1-31, 33, 41, Alangilan, Banago, Bata, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, Monte Vista, Villamonte and Vista Alegre shall comprise the First Legislative District.

Barangays 32, 34 – 40, Alijis, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay,Singcang, Sum-ag, Taculing and Tangub shall comprise the Second Legislative District.