Legislative district of Baguio

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The Legislative District of Baguio City is the current representation of the highly urbanized city of Baguio in the Philippine House of Representatives.

In 1916 the city of Baguio, along with the undivided Mountain Province, was provided representation in the Philippine Legislature. Initially, their three delegates were appointed by the Governor-General. The residents of Baguio and the Mountain Province only began electing representatives through popular vote in 1935 by virtue of Act No. 4203; this law also provided the territorial coverage for each of the three representative districts. The city was then represented as part of the Mountain Province's second district, which also included the sub-province of Benguet.

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the city sent two representatives to the National Assembly of the Second Philippine Republic, separately from Mountain Province. Upon the restoration of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1945, the city resumed to be represented with the sub-province of Benguet as part of the undivided Mountain Province's second district. This lasted until 1969, following the enactment of Republic Act No. 4695 on June 18, 1966, which made Benguet a full-fledged province. Republic Act No. 4695 grouped the independent city of Baguio with the province of Benguet for the purpose of congressional representation; together they elected one representative from 1969 to 1972.

Baguio was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region I from 1978 to 1984. Being classified a highly urbanized city on December 22, 1979 through Batas Pambansa Blg. 51, Baguio was granted separate representation in the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984.

Under the new Constitution which took effect on February 7, 1987 Baguio City was once more grouped with the province of Benguet. The former, though an independent city since 1909, comprised what was legally known between 1987 and 1995 as the first district of Benguet, while the actual province of Benguet itself comprised the second district. Both elected members to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

Starting in 1995 the first district of Benguet was re-designated as the "Legislative district of Baguio City" thereby enabling the city to once again elect a representative under its own name.

Lone District[edit]

  • Population (2010): 318,676
Period Representative
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Honorato Y. Aquino
10th Congress
1995–1998
Bernardo M. Vergara
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Mauricio G. Domogan
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
Bernardo M. Vergara
16th Congress
2013–2016
Nicasio M. Aliping, Jr.

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representatives
National Assembly
1943–1944
Florendo Aquino
Nicasio S. Valderrosa

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References[edit]

  • Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library