Legislative district of Surigao

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The Legislative district of Surigao was the representation of the historical province of Surigao in the various national legislatures of the Philippines until the election of representatives for its successor provinces in 1961. The undivided province's representation encompassed the present-day provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands.


Surigao initially comprised a lone district in 1907. When seats for the upper house of the Philippine Legislature were elected from territory-based districts between 1916 and 1935, the province formed part of the eleventh senatorial district which elected two out of the 24-member senate.

In the disruption caused by the Second World War, two delegates represented Surigao in 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, the province continued to comprise a lone district.

The enactment of Republic Act No. 2786 on June 19, 1960 split Surigao into Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, and provided the new provinces separate representations in Congress.[1] Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur first elected their separate representatives in the 1961 elections.

Lone District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[2]
1st Philippine Legislature
Francisco Soriano
2nd Philippine Legislature
Manuel G. Gavieres1
Inocencio Cortez1
3rd Philippine Legislature
4th Philippine Legislature
Eusebio Tiongko
5th Philippine Legislature
6th Philippine Legislature
Clemente V. Diez
7th Philippine Legislature
Montano A. Ortiz
8th Philippine Legislature
9th Philippine Legislature
Vicente Gonzaga
10th Philippine Legislature
Ricardo Navarro
1st National Assembly
Clementino V. Diez3
Ricardo Navarro4
2nd National Assembly
3rd National Assembly
1st Congress
2nd Congress
Felixberto Verano5
3rd Congress
Reynaldo P. Honrado6
4th Congress
Reynaldo P. Honrado
^1 Died in 1910.[2]
^2 Assumed office after winning special elections held on 14 October 1910 to fill vacant seat.[2]
^3 Lost election protest lodged by Ricardo Navarro, 1938.
^4 Declared elected after winning election protest against Clementino V. Diez, 1938.[2]
^5 Elected in 1951 to the Senate; seat remained vacant until the end of the 2nd Congress.
^6 Appointed Justice of the Peace, 1955; seat remained vacant until the end of the 3rd Congress.[2]

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representatives[2]
National Assembly
Jose D. Cortes[3]
Fernando C. Silvosa (ex officio)[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Congress of the Philippines (June 19, 1960). "Republic Act No. 2786 - An Act to Create the Provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Official program of the inauguration of the Republic of the Philippines and the induction into office of His Excellency Jose P. Laurel. Bureau of Printing. 1943.