Abela proposal for La Trinidad cityhood deferred

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Municipal Council of La Trinidad deferred approval of a proposed resolution filed by Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Marcelo Abela which will request Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan to sponsor a bill in the Lower House converting the La Trinidad into a component city.

Municipal Secretary Teddy Walang on Wednesday said the council deferred approval for the first reading of the proposal which was sent back to the proponent.

The council members requested Abela to provide certifications from concerned agencies that will prove the claims listed in the proposal.

Republic Act 9009 states that in order for a municipality be declared a component city of a province, certain requirements must be met which include “a locally generated income of at least PHP100 million for the last two consecutive years, as certified by the Department of Finance (DoF) and a population of, at least, 150,000 as certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PS) or a contiguous territory of 100 square kilometers, as certified by the Land Management Bureau (LMB), with contiguity not being a requisite for areas that are on two or more islands.”

Earlier, Cosalan said moves are being made to establish the province capital as a full-fledged city considering it has all requirements except for land area.

La Trinidad has a 5.5 percent growth rate as population may soon hit 150,000.

In 2007, population of La Trinidad registered at 97,000 which grew to 100,000 in 2016.

The Abela proposal will again be discussed for 1st reading approval on June 28. PNA/northboundasia.com