ANOTHER legislative district should be carved out in North Cotabato due to its growing population, a bill proposed in the Senate stated.

Citing data from the National Statistics Office, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the province’s population stood at 1,226,508 in 2010, a number which is vital in keeping the province’s leadership in the production of cereals, tropical fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, coconut, coffee, freshwater fish, and livestock.

 

Under the bill, the first legislative district shall be composed of the municipalities of Pikit, Pigkawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, and Aleosan.

The second legislative district will be comprised of Kidapawan City and the towns of Makilala, Magpet, Roxas, Antipas, and Arakan.

The towns of Banilisan, Carmen, Kabacan, Matalam, Mlang, and Tulunan shall constitute the third legislative district.

The proposed reapportionment has complied with the requirements laid down in the 1987 Constitution, which states that each legislative district — with a minimum population of 250,000 — shall comprise contiguous, compact, and adjacent territory. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)