House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has urged Palawan’s leaders to conduct an “in-depth and comprehensive study” to support their plan to divide the province into smaller units and form these into a separate region.
Visiting Palawan on Wednesday for the first time as Speaker, Alvarez was non-committal in lending outright support to the proposal, stating that it needs to earn the nod from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sa amin sa Davao City, ilang beses po namin iminungkahi na hatiin pero inayawan po ng Pangulo lalong-lalo na po noong siya ay Mayor pa ng Davao City, so plus and minus, ganun,” Alvarez said.
House Speaker Alvarez was in Palawan to lead the oath-taking ceremony of 233 new members of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Alvarez said the President’s agreement to the proposal will be based on “some factors” including the areas covered, population and income levels.
Initial discussions in the provincial board has revolved around the proposal to designate the towns of Roxas, Cagayancillo, El Nido, Coron and other neighboring towns as belonging to Northern Palawan province, while the province of Central Palawan will be composed of the towns of Roxas, San Vicente, Dumaran, Araceli, and Taytay. Aborlan and other southern towns will constitute the Southern Palawan province.
Palawan’s Second District Representative Frederick Abueg said he will push for the division of Palawan into Palawan del Norte and Palawan del Sur in the next meeting of the Congress.
“Nag-usap na kami ni Governor, positive naman ang tingin nya dito. Pero ikokonsulta pa natin sa iba,” Abueg told Palawan News.
Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez said he will rely on the justification and basis for the division of the province that will be defined by the provincial board.
“Kung ano ang basehan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan sundan natin. Ako naman bilang Gobernador, I am here to see that there is a continuous progress in Palawan. But we have to make bite-sized the whole province para well-managed,” Alvarez said.