The creation of Davao City’s fourth legislative district is no longer for the City Council to decide but now rests on the representatives from the city’s three districts.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio told media on Friday the proposal creating a fourth legislative district is now up to Congress.
Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang reported last year that the mayor has endorsed the creation of another district based on the study conducted by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO).
Duterte-Carpio said it was discussed during their executive legislative agenda meeting last year to create a fourth district.
“Because naay benefits ang atoang syudad kung mag-create ta ug fourth district especially funds from the national government because our Congressmen have their own funds from the national government. So madungag na nga kuwarta sa atong lugar. Mao na ang primary benefit,” she said.
The Mayor advised the council not to meddle in the process of dividing the districts of the city to avoid biases among them.
“I told them since mga politicians man ta dili ta manghilabot sa pagdivide sa mga distrito nato sa syudad sa Davao. Managan gud ta ug muagi ta ug election so naa jud ta bias sa pag-divide sa areas. I told them nga naay balaod, naa ta’y City Planning nga naay mga technical personnel who would know kung unsaon pag-create sa divisions. So gibuhat sa city planning and then gipasa sa akoa and out of courtesy, dili siya needed pero gipasa nako sa ilaha for their information,” she said.
Mayor Sara emphasized no action is needed from the Sangguniang Panlungsod to create a fourth legislative district because this is a job for the Congressmen.
“Karon na decision sa tanan to move forward. Dili na sila mag-discuss ug didto ipasa na sa Congress and naa man ta tulo ka Congressmen sila na didto ang mag- conduct sa hearing ug ilahang study sa fourth legislative district sa Davao City,” she said.
Dayanghirang has originally proposed for an additional congressional districts in the city. According to him, the city is qualified for an additional district based on Section 5, Article VI of the 1987 Philippine Constitution wherein under the law, “Congress shall make a reapportion of legislative districts based on the standards fixed in this selection.”