As the provincial government kicked off a plan to divide Palawan into three provinces, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Tuesday quibbled over the clustering of existing municipalities.
At least three different versions of the measure, with one proposal creating only provinces, have been lodged in the chamber thus far.
The latest proposal sponsored by Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta sought the creation of three provinces, Northern, Central and Southern Palawan.
Under Acosta’s proposal, Northern Palawan will be composed of the municipalities of Taytay, El Nido, Linapacan, Coron, Culion and Busuanga with a total land area of 3, 767.93 sq.km.
Southern Palawan would incude Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Española, Brooke’s Point, Bataraza and Balabac with a land area of 6, 923.83 sq.km. and Central Palawan will be formed by the municipalities of San Vicente, Roxas, Dumaran, Araceli, Cuyo, Magsaysay, Agutaya, Cagayancillo and Kalayaan.
A separate proposal earlier being considered by the Board designated 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.
Acosta said the division of the municipalities should be guided by the need to provide their constituents efficient access to government services.
However, Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez said that they are supposed to focus on the previous proposals.
“Baka the more the nagpapasa tayo ng proposal, mas matatagalan tayo kasi dito sa North at South ay inientertain ang bagong panukala,” Rodriguez said.
Acosta insisted that the matter is open for everyone to express their opinions since they have also yet to conduct public consultation .
“Hanggang ngayon hindi pa nareresolved ang problema dito, anybody ay pwede po magpasa ng kanilang resolusyon and it’s up to the LGUs kung pabor ba sila kung hindi,” Acosta said.
Board Member Leoncio Ola said that the island municipality of Kalayaan should be consulted as to where they should be grouped, since the have a current extension office in Quezon town.
“Dapat tanungin sila kung saan nila gustong mapasama kasi mayroon silang area of extension sa Quezon at sila din mismo ang nakakalam ng distance sa mga lugar,” Ola said.
Board Member Roseller Pineda, committee on rules and laws as well as local government committee, said they will form a task force in order to consolidate and evaluate the various clustering proposals.
officials of the government are currently facing when it comes to delivery of services, it is indeed challenging to provide equal and efficient services to all constituents considering the accessibility of the municipalities from the source of services.
With the proper creation of the Palawan region and its strategic appointment of territories, administrative efficiency will be attained, thus transcending the difficulties and challenge of delivering basic services to mainland and island municipalities through close monitoring and supervision of all municipalities comprising each province.
The new proposal sponsored by Acosta, province to create to be known as Northern Palawan consisting municipalities of Taytay, El Nido, Linapacan, Coron, Culion and Busuanga with a total land area of 3, 767.93 sq.km.
Southern Palawan would be Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Española, Brooke’s Point, Bataraza and Balabac with a land area of 6, 923.83 sq.km. and the Cental Palawan consisting of the municipalities of San Vicente, Roxas, Dumaran, Araceli, Cuyo, Magsaysay, Agutaya, Cagayancillo and Kalayaan.
On October 17, they are schedule to have a meeting with at least five to six municipal leaders to solicit their suggestions regarding the problem of the clustering.
All SP members aims to accomplish the division of the province and expecting for the positive response of the congressmen.