Legislative districts of Bukidnon

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The Legislative districts of Bukidnon are the representations of the province of Bukidnon 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 first, second, third and fourth districts.

Map showing the current legislative districts of Bukidnon.

History[edit]

Initially being excluded from representation in the lower house of the Philippine Legislature in 1907, the then-non-Christian-majority areas of the Philippines — which included the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, of which Bukidnon was part — were finally extended legislative representation with the passage of the Philippine Autonomy Act in 1916 by the United States Congress. The Revised Administrative Code (Act No. 2711) enacted on 10 March 1917 further elaborated on the manner by which these areas would be represented.[1] The non-Christian areas were to be collectively represented in the upper house's 12th senatorial district by two senators, both appointed by the Governor-General.[1] Five assembly members, also appointed by the Governor-General, were to represent the seven component provinces of Department of Mindanao and Sulu — Agusan, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu and Zamboanga — in the lower house as a single at-large district. These arrangements remained in place despite the abolition of the Department in 1920.

The voters of Bukidnon were finally given the right to elect their own representative through popular vote beginning in 1935 by virtue of Article VI, Section 1 of the 1935 Constitution.[2]

In the disruption caused by the Second World War, the Province of Bukidnon 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 the province retained its pre-war lone district.

Bukidnon was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region X from 1978 to 1984, and returned two representatives, elected at-large to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. The province was reapportioned into three congressional districts under the new Constitution[3] which was proclaimed on 11 February 1987, and elected members to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

The approval of Republic Act No. 10184 on 28 September 2012 reapportioned the province into four congressional districts, by segregating the municipalities of Kalilangan and Pangantucan from the first district and the city of Valencia from the second district to form the new fourth district.[4] The reconfigured districts elected their respective representatives beginning in the 2013 elections.

1st District[edit]

Period Representative[5]
16th Congress
2013–2016
Ma. Lourdes O. Acosta-Alba
17th Congress
2016–2019

1987–2013[edit]

Period Representative[5]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Socorro O. Acosta
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
Juan Romeo Nereus O. Acosta
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Candido P. Pancrudo, Jr.
15th Congress
2010–2013
Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras

2nd District[edit]

Period Representative[5]
16th Congress
2013–2016
Florencio T. Flores, Jr.
17th Congress
2016–2019

1987–2013[edit]

Period Representative[5]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Violeta T. Labaria
9th Congress
1992–1995
Reginaldo N. Tilanduca
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Berthobal R. Ancheta
13th Congress
2004–2007
Teofisto D.L. Guingona III
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
Florencio T. Flores, Jr.

3rd District[edit]

Period Representative[5]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr.
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
Juan Miguel F. Zubiri
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Jose Ma. F. Zubiri III
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
Manuel F. Zubiri

4th District[edit]

Period Representative[5]
16th Congress
2013–2016
Rogelio Neil P. Roque
17th Congress
2016–2019

Lone District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[5]
1st National Assembly
1935–1938
Manuel Fortich1
2nd National Assembly
1938–1941
1st Commonwealth Congress
1941–1946
1st Congress
1946–1949
Remedios Ozamiz Fortich2
2nd Congress
1949–1953
Cesar M. Fortich3
3rd Congress
1953–1957
4th Congress
1957–1961
vacant
5th Congress
1961–1965
Cesar M. Fortich
6th Congress
1965–1969
Benjamin N. Tabios
7th Congress
1969–1972
Cesar M. Fortich
^1 Died on 12 October 1946.[5]
^2 Assumed office after winning special election held on 11 March 1947.[5]
^3 Appointed Secretary of Agriculture in 1960; seat remained vacant until the end of the 4th Congress.[5]

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representatives[5]
National Assembly
1943–1944
Pedro Carrillo[6]
Antonio Rubin (ex officio)[6]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Lorenzo S. Dinlayan
Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr.

See also[edit]

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. ^ Commonwealth of the Philippines (8 February 1935). "The 1935 Constitution". Official Gazette. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  3. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Congress of the Philippines (28 September 2012). "An Act Reapportioning the Province of Bukidnon Into Four (4) Legislative Districts". The LawPhil Project. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  6. ^ 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.