Legislative district of Davao del Sur

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The Legislative district of Davao del Sur is the representation of the province of Davao del Sur 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.

Davao City and Davao Occidental last formed part of the province's representation in 1972 and 2016, respectively.

History[edit]

Prior to gaining separate representation, areas now under the jurisdiction of Davao del Sur were represented under the Department of Mindanao and Sulu (1917–1935) and the historical Davao Province (1935–1967). The enactment of Republic Act No. 4867 on 8 May 1967 split the old province into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.[1] Per Section 4 of R.A. 4867, the incumbent Davao Province representative was to indicate which of the three new provinces he wished to continue to represent;[1] Rep. Lorenzo Sarmiento chose Davao del Norte, which left the seats for Davao del Sur (together grouped with the chartered city of Davao) and Davao Oriental open for the special elections scheduled for 14 November 1967. Davao del Sur, along with Davao City, were represented together from the second half of the 6th Congress until the end of the 7th Congress.

Davao del Sur was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region XI from 1978 to 1984, and returned two representatives, elected at-large to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. Davao City separately elected its own representatives starting that year.

Davao del Sur was reapportioned into two congressional districts under the new Constitution[2] which was proclaimed on 11 February 1987, and elected members to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

The passage of Republic Act No. 10360[3] and its subsequent ratification by plebiscite in 2013 separated from Davao del Sur's second district five municipalities to create the province of Davao Occidental. Per Section 7 of R.A. 10360, this new province comprised a single congressional district, and Davao del Sur's representation was subsequently reduced to a single congressional district. The newly reconfigured districts elected their separate representatives beginning in the 2016 elections.

Lone District[edit]

  • Population (2015): 632,588
Period Representative[4]
17th Congress
2016–2019
Mercedes "Didi" C. Cagas

1967–1972[edit]

Period Representative[4]
6th Congress
1965–1969
see Lone district of Davao
Artemio Al Loyola1
7th Congress
1969–1972
^1 Won the special election held on 14 November 1967 to fill the new province's congressional seat; took oath of office on 22 January 1968 and served for the remainder of the 6th Congress.[4]

1st District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[4]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Juanito G. Camasura, Jr.
9th Congress
1992–1995
Alejandro D. Almendras, Sr.
10th Congress
1995–1998
Alejandro "Landring" Almendras, Jr.
11th Congress
1998–2001
Douglas R.A. Cagas
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Marc Douglas Cagas IV
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
Mercedes "Didi" C. Cagas

2nd District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[4]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Benjamin V. Bautista, Sr.
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
Franklin P. Bautista
12th Congress
2001–2004
Claude P. Bautista
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Franklin P. Bautista
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representatives[4]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Alejandro D. Almendras Sr.
Douglas R.A. Cagas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Congress of the Philippines (8 May 1967). "Republic Act No. 4867 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Congress of the Philippines (14 January 2013). "Republic Act No. 10360 - An Act Creating the Province of Davao Occidental". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Metro Manila, Philippines. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 17 February 2017.