May 24, 2010
New population census starts; Treñas optimistic on city’s second district
By Francis Allan L. Angelo
THE 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) will determine if Iloilo City can qualify for a second congressional district.
The census, which is a follow up to the 2007 census, kicked off Monday, May 17 until first week of June.
The population count is mandated by Batas Pambansa Blg.72 and Proclamation No. 2028.
Iloilo City Mayor and congressman-elect Jerry P. Treñas said he is confident that the city will breach the 500,000 population mark in order to qualify for another congressional district.
The 1987 Constitution mandates that a congressional district must have at least 250,000 population.
NSO data on the 2007 census showed that Iloilo City’s population stood at 418,710 with an average population growth rate of 1.86%. In 2008, the city’s population was projected at 426,490.
Treñas earlier said he will revive the redistricting bill initially filed by Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr.
Treñas said he might use the same mechanism proposed by Rep. Gonzalez which is to group the six sub districts in order to meet the population requisite.
Gonzalez’s proposal carved Mandurriao, Jaro, La Paz and Lapuz into one congressional district, and City Proper, Molo and Arevalo into another district.
Eight councilors will be elected from each district, bringing the number of regular City Council members to 16.
Gonzalez proposed the creation of a second congressional district in Iloilo City to bring in more pork barrel funds for development projects. But political observers said the bill was a political masterstroke to prevent a confrontation between Gonzalez and Treñas in the congressional seat race.
But the planned redistricting was stalled after the bill failed to hurdle the committee on local governments chaired by presidential race frontrunner, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy Aquino III.
Treñas said cities with lesser population like Marikina and Camarines Sur were given additional congressional districts and “I am positive that Iloilo will be also be given an additional district.”
The NSO census will cover 42,023 barangays and will be conducted by more than 67,100 enumerators, 13,500 team supervisors and 3,500 census area supervisors. Majority of the census field workers will come from the Department of Education.
The basic information to be collected will be on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of the population and on the characteristics of their dwellings.
All Filipinos, including foreigners who have stayed in the country for at least a year, shall be counted in the census.