Legislative district of Ifugao

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The Legislative district of Ifugao is the representation of the province of Ifugao in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its lone congressional district.

History[edit]

In 1917 the undivided Mountain Province, of which Ifugao was a component sub-province, was provided representation in the Philippine Legislature. Pursuant to the Revised Administrative Code (Act No. 2711) enacted on 10 March 1917, the non-Christian-majority areas of the Philippines, which then included the Mountain Province, were to be collectively represented in the legislature's upper house by two senators from the 12th senatorial district, both appointed by the Governor-General.[1] Three assembly members, also appointed by the Governor-General, were to represent the Mountain Province and the chartered city of Baguio in the lower house as a single at-large district.[1]

The residents of Ifugao and the rest of the Mountain Province only began electing representatives through popular vote in 1935 by virtue of Act No. 4203; the law provided the territorial coverage for each lower house representative district, while also abolishing the senatorial district system.[2] The sub-province was then represented as part of the Mountain Province's third district.[2]

In the disruption caused by the Second World War, the Mountain Province sent two delegates to the National Assembly of the Japanese-sponsored Second Philippine Republic: one was the provincial governor (an ex officio member), while the other was elected through a provincial assembly of KALIBAPI members during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Upon the restoration of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1945, district representation was restored to the pre-war setup: the sub-province of Ifugao remained part of Mountain Province's third district.

The enactment of Republic Act No. 4695 on 18 June 1966 made the sub-province of Ifugao into a full-fledged province.[3] The new province began electing its separate representative starting in the next general election.

Ifugao was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region II from 1978 to 1984, and returned one representative, elected at-large, to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. It retained its lone congressional district under the new Constitution[4] which was proclaimed on 11 February 1987, and elected its member to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

Lone District[edit]

  • Population (2010): 191,078
Period Representative[5]
7th Congress
1969–1972
Romulo B. Lumauig
8th Congress
1987–1992
Gualberto B. Lumauig
9th Congress
1992–1995
Benjamin B. Cappleman
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Solomon R. Chungalao
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
Teodoro B. Baguilat, Jr.
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[5]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Zosimo Jesus M. Paredes, Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Philippine Legislature (1917). Revised Administrative Code of the Philippine Islands of 1917 (Act No. 2711) (Digitized Revised Administrative Code of the Philippine Islands of 1917 from the Presidential Museum and Library Collection, uploaded on 15 February 2016). Bureau of Printing. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Philippine Legislature (1937). Public Laws Enacted by the Philippine Legislature, Acts No. 4203 to 4275. Bureau of Printing Office. p. 5. 
  3. ^ Congress of the Philippines (18 June 1966). "Republic Act No. 4695 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao". Chan Robles Law Library. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  4. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 17 February 2017.