NAVAL, Biliran, Nov. 18 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Bayan of the municipality of Naval formulated Resolution No. 80, series of 2019 requesting Congressman Gerardo J. Espina, Jr. of the Lone District of Biliran to pass a bill converting the municipality of Naval into a city.
The local government unit of Naval cited Section 450 of the Local Government Code of 1991 now superseded by Republic Act No. 9009 of June 2001, authored by the late Senator Aquilino Pimentel for the possible conversion of the town.
Naval's Resolution No. 80 stated, RA No. 9009 requires municipalities to become cities if they locally generated income of at least P100 million (based on constant prices in the year 2000) for the last two consecutive years, as certified by the Department of Finance; and a population of at least 150,000 as certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority or a contiguous territory of 100 square kilometers, as certified by the Land Management Bureau, with contiguity not being a requisite for areas that are on two or more islands.
The municipality of Naval, being the capital town of Biliran and center of trade and commerce of the island province, met the requirement for income with its P337,807,453.73 annual income for the last two years.
In addition, Naval has a total land area of P108.42 square surpassing the required 100 square kilometers area for a city.
Meeting these two requirements, the local government of Naval believe the town qualifies for cityhood. Thus, Resolution No. 80 was formulated.
With its commitment to the general welfare of its constituents, the Sangguniang Bayan of Naval, unanimously requested the higher authorities for the realization of this municipality to become a city giving better opportunities for its constituents.
The municipality of Naval became a town in September 26, 1860, marking its 159th Pueblo Day this year. (mlt/PIA8 Biliran)