Legislative districts of Palawan

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The Legislative Districts of Palawan are the representations of the province of Palawan and the independent city of Puerto Princesa in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The province and Puerto Princesa are currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through the first, second and third congressional districts of Palawan.

History[edit]

Palawan initially comprised a single assembly district from 1907 to 1972. 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 eighth senatorial district which elected two out of the 24-member senate.

In the disruption caused by the Second World War, two delegates represented the province 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 province was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region IV-A from 1978 to 1984, and elected one representative, at large, to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. Palawan was reapportioned into two congressional districts under the new Constitution[1] which was proclaimed on February 11, 1987, and elected members to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

The passage of Republic Act No. 10171 in 2012 separated Puerto Princesa and Aborlan from the second district to form the third district,[2] which first elected its own representative in the 2013 elections.

1st District[edit]

1st District of Palawan
Period Representative
8th Congress
1987–1992
David A. Ponce de Leon
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
Vicente A. Sandoval
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
Antonio C. Alvarez
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
Franz Josef George E. Alvarez

2nd District[edit]

Period Representative
16th Congress
2013–2016
Frederick F. Abueg

1987–2013[edit]

2nd District of Palawan, from 1987 to 2013
Period Representative
8th Congress
1987–1992
Ramon V. Mitra
9th Congress
1992–1995
Alfredo Amor E. Abueg, Jr.
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
Victorino Dennis M. Socrates
^1 Declared highly-urbanized city through Presidential Proclamation No. 1264,[3] affirmed by plebiscite held on July 9, 2007;[4] only votes with Palawan for congressional representation beginning in the 2010 elections. Independent from the province and does not vote for provincial officials in accordance with Section 452-c of the Local Government Code of 1991.[5]

3rd District[edit]

Period Representative
16th Congress
2013–2016
Douglas S. Hagedorn
^1 Declared highly-urbanized city through Presidential Proclamation No. 1264,[3] affirmed by plebiscite held on July 9, 2007;[4] only votes with Palawan for congressional representation beginning in the 2010 elections. Independent from the province and does not vote for provincial officials in accordance with Section 452-c of the Local Government Code of 1991.[5]

Lone District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative
1st Philippine Legislature
1907–1909
Santiago M. Patero
2nd Philippine Legislature
1909–1912
Manuel Sandoval
3rd Philippine Legislature
1912–1916
4th Philippine Legislature
1916–1919
5th Philippine Legislature
1919–1922
Ramon De Jesus
6th Philippine Legislature
1922–1925
Patricio Fernandez
7th Philippine Legislature
1925–1928
8th Philippine Legislature
1928–1931
9th Philippine Legislature
1931–1934
Claudio R. Sandoval
10th Philippine Legislature
1934–1935
1st National Assembly
1935–1938
2nd National Assembly
1938–1941
3rd National Assembly
1941–1946
Sofronio Española
1st Congress
1946–1949
2nd Congress
1949–1953
Gaudencio E. Abordo1
Sofronio Española
3rd Congress
1953–1957
Gaudencio E. Abordo
4th Congress
1957–1961
5th Congress
1961–1965
6th Congress
1965–1969
Ramon V. Mitra2
7th Congress
1969–1972
vacant
^1 Replaced by Sofronio Española as per House Electoral Tribunal decision on March 6, 1953.
^2 Elected to the Senate in 1971.

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

1943–1944[edit]

Period Representative
National Assembly
1943–1944
Patricio Fernandez (ex officio)
Iñigo R. Peña

1984–1986[edit]

Period Representative
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Ramon V. Mitra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Congress of the Philippines (July 19, 2012). "Republic Act No. 10171". Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Presidential Proclamation No. 1264 - Conversion of the City of Puerto Princesa into a highly-urbanized city". January 23, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Presidential Proclamation No. 1323 - Declaring Monday, July 9, 2007, as Special (Non-Working) day in the City of Puerto Princesa". July 4, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Congress of the Philippines (October 10, 1991). "Republic Act No. 7160 - An Act providing for a Local Government Code of 1991". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  • Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library