Negros solons want 2 Bacolod districts, rename NAIA after Marcos Sr

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Two Negros lawmakers introduced two distinct bills on the opening of the 19th congress— one is to divide Bacolod City into 2 congressional districts and the other is to rename Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport after the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

Bacolod City lone district representative Greg Gasataya has refiled House Bill 297 that seeks to divide the city’s 61 barangays into 2 congressional districts.

Gasataya said the creation of 2 districts in Bacolod will ensure efficient and effective public service for Bacolod residents and to have adequate representation in congress.

He added that with over half a million population based on the 2015 Philippine Statistic Authority’s record, the creation of a second district will also ensure Bacolod City receives its fair share of the national government’s resources.

This time, Gasataya hopes to receive a favorable endorsement from the local council of Bacolod to support the proposal.

Meanwhile, Negros Oriental representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. has filed a bill that seeks to to rename the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) into Ferdinand E. Marcos International Airport.

In his explanatory note, Teves Jr underscored that it is appropriate to rename the airport to Marcos Sr as he was behind the idea and executive of the “noble project”.

He further explained that it was constructed during the time of the late Marcos Sr, where he served as president from 1965 to 1986.

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