Plebiscite needed for Bacolod’s proposed new brgy

BACOLOD CITY, June 14 (PNA) — The field office of Commission on Elections (Comelec) here is urged to hold a plebiscite for the creation of the city’s 62nd barangay (village).

Holding of plebiscite is the last stage of the process, after all other requirements for the conversion of relocation site Paglaum Village into a barangay, have been fulfilled.

Paglaum Village, a home to over 8,000 households, is part of Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

The area also covers several big haciendas like Guanzon, Gonzaga, Manayawsayaw, Fortaleza, among others.

According to Lawyer Jim Emballa, the consultant of the convenors of proposed Barangay Paglaum, the population of the Paglaum Village alone is vital reason for its conversion into a separate barangay.

Emballa said that Barangay Paglaum was created in 1987 during the tenure of former mayor Amado Parreño but the required plebiscite did not push through after Parreño was defeated in the election.

Emballa also cited two ordinances passed by the City Council pertaining to the creation of Barangay Paglaum.

He said that a P3-million budget has been allotted by the City Treasurer’s Office for the holding of the plebiscite.

The convenors also believe that both Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella and Congressman-elect Evelio Leonardia support the conversion of Paglaum into a separate barangay.

The group hopes that the conversion would be made before the holding of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October this year.

The plebiscite was supposed to be on December 15, 2012 but a Comelec en banc resolution postponed it because of the May 13 elections. (PNA)



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