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The League of Municipal Mayors in Palawan are pressing anew for support to the measure of dividing Palawan into three provinces.

Mayor Lucena Diaz-Demaala, who is also the outgoing league president, said the mayors in the province have discussed Republic 11259 and all have agreed to back it in the referendum that will be held in May 2020.

“Actually, pinag-usapan na namin ito sa liga ng mga munisipyo at sila naman ay favorable sa paghahati-hati ng lalawigan o ang 3-in-1 Palawan dahil alam nila na ito ay para sa kagalingan at kabutihan ng mga Palawenyo,” she said.

Demaala said that the move to separate Palawan into three smaller provincial units will give opportunity to poor Palaweños to easily access government services that are not currently available due to geographical factors.

She added that being an archipelagic province, the creation of two more will serve the needs of the people better because they can bring their problems in the community area to the notice of public officials close by.

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“Ang aking mensahe sa ating mamamayan ay we should vote yes to 3-in-1 Palawan dahil ito ay magbibigay sa atin ng more development at more programs and projects para sa mga munisipyo na nahihirapan ang ating provincial government na i-address dahil sa layo,” she said.

Republic Act 11259 was approved to create the provinces of Palawan Del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan Del Sur through the will of the majority in a plebiscite.

It became law after President Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law April 5.

“Parang isang pamilya na may 23 anak, mahirap mabigyan ng tamang atensyon lahat. Marami tayong munisipyo sa malalayo at nasa mga isla. Geographically, ‘yong sa depressed areas natin, mabibigyan sila ng atensyon sa kanilang pangangailangan dahil sa mas kakaunti ang kanilang bibigyan ng serbisyo,” she said.

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