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Puerto Princesa to hold plebiscite simultaneous with May 14 elections

Puerto Princesa City (27 April) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced yesterday the holding of a plebiscite in Puerto Princesa City simultaneous with the national and local elections on May 14.

COMELEC Resolution No. 7867 promulgated on April 23, 2007 fixed the plebiscite which will ratify the conversion of Puerto Princesa City from a component city to a highly-ubanized city. Presidential Proclamation No. 1264 approved the conversion of the city based on a resolution passed by the city council on January 15, 2007.

The Local Government Code of 1991 provides that cities with a minimum population of two hundred thousand (200,000) inhabitants and with latest income of at least Fifty Million Pesos (P50,000,000) shall be classified as highly-urbanized.

The city has met the minimum requirements prescribed by the code. The National Statistics Office certified that the city met the 200,000 population requirement; for fiscal year 2006 accrued an income of approximately P1.5 billion.

With barely 20 days of campaign period, the Department of Interior and Local Governments and the COMELEC are charged with spearheading the information drive to 66 barangays of the city.

Mr. Halid Dawili, City Local Government Officer said that all its personnel are to be deployed in three groups to conduct barangay forum daily until May 12 last day of the campaign. More than half of the barangays in Puerto Princesa City are outside the poblacion; others accessible by pumpboats.

Dawili said that the barangay forum will focus on informing the public about the advantages and disadvantages of converting into a highly-urbanized city. The city government, the media, and the Philippine Information Agency had signified their support to the DILG to assist in the conduct of a comprehensive information drive.

The City of Puerto Princesa became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 5906 enacted on June 21, 1969. (PIA) [top]

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