Former congressman Frederick W Siao Lone district of Iligan City who is now the mayor of this city awaits the lapsed approval of HB No. 7775 he filed during the regular Session of the 18th Congress an Act creating six barangays Acmac, Ditucalan, San Roque, Luinab, Upper Hinaplanon and Ubaldo Laya, all in the Iligan City.
Siao told the Manila Times that under Section 3 of the Act, the plebescite conducted and supervised by the COMELEC pursuant to Iligan City Ordinance No. 1821 dated November 18, 1988 for the creation of Barangay Ditucalan 1934 dated February 5, 1991 for the creation of Barangay Luinab, 1945 dated March 20, 1991 for the creation Barangay Hinaplanon, 1931, 1932 and 1946 all dated July 22, 1991 for the creation of Barangay San Roque and Barangay Ubaldo Laya respectively, which ratified creation of said Barangays as proclaimed by the plebecite Board of Canvassers shall serve as substantial compliance with the plebecite requirenent under section 10 of Republic Act NO. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended,
The lawmaker emphasize in his bill that with regards to the incumbent Barangays officials of Acmac , Ditucalan, San Roque, Luinab, Upper Hinaplanon, and Ubaldo Laya shall continue to hold office until such time that their successors have been duly elected and qualified.
As to public infrastructure and facilities, all existing public infra and facilities for public use within the territorial boundaries of the newly-created Barangays shall continue to be owned and administered by them.
Barangays Acmac, Ditucalan, San Roque, Luinab, Upper Hinaplanon, and Ubaldo Laya Acmac shall be entitled to Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares pursuant to Section 285 of Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as Local Government Code of 1991, as amended, Siao added.
This is why I am in favor of the Barangay and SK Elections being held on May 8,2023 as has been suggested by newly – elected Quezon City Rep Ralph Tulfo . I agree with his rationale and the few months of postponment from December 5, 2022 to May 8, 2023 is just enough time for the COMELEC to make needed preparations, Siao said.
Iligan City is growing in population and the necessity of creating new barangay stems from population growth.