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Senate sets Naga hearing on split Camarines Sur bill

August 2, 2012 by bicolmail in Top Stories

By Juan Escandor Jr.

NAGA CITY—The Senate Committee on Local Government will hold a hearing here on the proposed division of the two-city 35-town Camarines Sur province into two provinces today, August 2.

Ramon “Eki” Cardenas, chief of staff of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government, said the public hearing will “discuss the merits of the whole thing” (the creation of new province called “Nueva Camarines”).

Cardenas said the hearing is to be held here as per request of the contending parties and it will be the last hearing on the proposed division of Camarines Sur.

The proposed division of Camarines Sur is being pushed by Representative Arnulfo Fuentebella, main author, and Representatives Luis R. Villafuerte, Diosdado Arroyo, and Rolando Andaya Jr.

Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte and fifth district Representative Salvio Fortuno oppose the move.

The Lower House approved last year HB 4820 that carves out from the present Camarines Sur the fourth district towns of Caramoan, Garchitorena, Lagonoy, Presentacion, San Jose, Siruma, Tinambac, Goa, Tigaon, and Sagñay and the fifth district towns of Baao, Balatan, Bato, Bula, Buhi, Nabua, and Iriga City to comprise Nueva Camarines.

Presently deliberated at the Senate Committee on Local Government, the proposed division of Camarines Sur had two hearings in Manila and the hearing here will be the last before it will be submitted for approval by the Senate and President Aquino.

The creation of the Nueva Caceres will only take effect after the voters in Camarines Sur ratified it in plebiscite after the approval by the Senate and the Office of the President.

2 Comments

  1. Engr. Efren RempolaAug 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    To echo what Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a Bicolano, has said “I suggest that we abandon this measure and scrap the measure. If we divide CamSur now, what will stop other provinces, such as Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, etc., from dividing their provinces?”. He is right. It is only we who always want to divide a united entity. American states are left untouched and undivided. The Germans re-united the former East and West. UK wants the Union Jack in tact. Canadians do not like the idea of having a Franco and an English Canada. So, why do we have to divide CamSur. Let CamSur stay as it is.

  2. juanitoAug 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Senate sets Naga hearing on split Camarines Sur bill: “Why?”.. the corruption in bicol region is clear..LRAY is sucking up the blood of bikolano income, If new leaders will be assigned, new ideas, projects will be implemented. it will lead to a brighter future.

    Even thou a stick broom is strong if it stands as one, but if you are always using the it same way, that area will be scrap soon and will affect the strength of it later.

    “we have a choice to start a new way of governing our areas, the government as we all know it don’t see the problems within our community, but if we have leaders that are in position for a better prosperity why not approve it..”

    the politicians now are furious because there are Television and audience around, but if they were in a room with just the senators. duhh…


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