To spur economic growth and development, Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato filed a bill last week seeking to allow the conversion of a municipality into a city in provinces with no component city.
Sato, vice chairperson of the committee on economic affairs of the House of Representatives, said a total of 32 provinces in the country still do not have a component city because the municipalities fail to meet the minimum requirement in terms of income, population, or land area.
The provinces with no component city are spread across Luzon (16 provinces), Visayas (6 provinces) and Mindanao (10 provinces).
Sato filed House Bill No. 6624 seeking to amend Section 450 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code as amended by Republic Act 9009.
The provision sets the minimum requirement for the conversion of a municipality into a component city.
Currently, under the provision, a municipality must have generated an income of P100 million in the last two years, with a contiguous territory not less than 100 square meters and a population not less than 150,000.
A former Governor of Occidental Mindoro, Sato’s proposed measure aims to exempt a municipality in a province with no component city from such requirement.
“Having a component city is a catalyst for change and development in a province. Its character complements each other and carries economic gains in adjacent municipalities,” Sato said.