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Puerto Princesa now a “highly urbanized” city PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2007

Puerto Princesa, known for being the cleanest and most-environmentally-friendly city in the Philippines, is now a highly urbanized city.

This after a majority of the residents voted their approval to Presidential Proclamation 1264 that converted Puerto Princesa from a component into a highly urbanized city.

In a final tabulation of the City Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (BOC) released Tuesday, it showed that a total of 21,896 residents voted “yes”, leading by 9,093 votes as compared to 12,803 “no” votes.

A total of 34,797 residents actually voted or 31.25 percent out of 111,340 of the city’s registered voters in Monday’s plebiscite.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn, despite the low turn-out of voters for the plebiscite, was elated with the results and thanked the residents for their participation in the historic political exercise.

Hagedorn is optimistic that the city’s conversion will fasttrack developments which focus on tourism and agriculture.

”Puerto Princesa, as a highly urbanized city, will no longer be under the supervisory control of the provincial government of Palawan,” he said, referring to the city’s autonomy.

He also said it also opens up the creation of separate legislative districts by virtue of a corresponding legislation from Congress.

Hagedorn assured his constituents that taxes will not increase, roving motorcycles-for-hire will remain in the city’s thoroughfares, get shares from natural wealth, among others, with the conversion.

Puerto Princesa legally qualified to be a highly urbanized city by virtue of Section 452 of the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991 that provides that cities with a minimum population of 200,000 inhabitants as certified by the National Statistics Office and with the latest income of at least P50 million as certified by the City Treasurer, can be classified as a highly urbanized one.

Puerto Princesa became a component city on Jan. 1, 1970. (PNA)


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