Legislative districts of Surigao del Norte

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The Legislative districts of Surigao del Norte are the representations of the province of Surigao del Norte 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 and second congressional districts.

Dinagat Islands last formed part of the province's representation in 2007.

History[edit]

Prior to gaining separate representation, areas now under the jurisdiction of Surigao del Norte were represented under the former province of Surigao (1907–1961).

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

Surigao del Norte was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region X from 1978 to 1984, and returned one representative, elected at large, to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. The province 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. 9355 and its subsequent ratification by plebiscite in December 2006 separated seven municipalities from Surigao del Norte's first congressional district to form the new province of Dinagat Islands, which began to elect its own representative in the 2007 elections.[3] Despite Dinagat Islands being nullified as a province by the Supreme Court of the Philippines on 11 February 2010[4] the decision was not yet rendered final and executory before the 10 May 2010 elections; therefore the Commission on Elections still organized separate elections for the Dinagat Islands' congressional representative and provincial officials.[5] The representatives of the reconfigured first district of Surigao del Norte and the lone district of Dinagat Islands continued to represent their respective constituencies even after the Supreme Court rendered its original decision final and executory on 18 May 2010.[6]

After the Supreme Court reversed its previous ruling on 12 April 2011,[6] and subsequently upheld with finality the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province through an Entry of Judgment on 24 October 2012,[7] the separation of Dinagat Islands from Surigao del Norte's first district became permanent.

1st District[edit]

Period Representative[9]
14th Congress
2007–2010
Francisco T. Matugas
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
Francisco Jose F. Matugas II

1987–2007[edit]

Period Representative[9]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Glenda B. Ecleo
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
Constantino H. Navarro, Jr.
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Glenda B. Ecleo
13th Congress
2004–2007

2nd District[edit]

Period Representative[9]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Constantino C. Navarro
9th Congress
1992–1995
Robert Z. Barbers1
10th Congress
1995–1998
vacant
11th Congress
1998–2001
Robert "Ace" Barbers
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr.
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
Robert "Ace" Barbers
^1 Resigned on 15 April 1996 to assume office as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government the next day;[9] seat remained vacant until the end of the 10th Congress.

Lone District (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[9]
5th Congress
1961–1965
Reynaldo P. Honrado
6th Congress
1965–1969
Constantino C. Navarro
7th Congress
1969–1972

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[9]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Constantino C. Navarro

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Congress of the Philippines (19 June 1960). "Republic Act No. 2786 - An Act to Create the Provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. ^ Congress of the Philippines (2 October 2006). "Republic Act No. 9355 - An Act Creating the Province of Dinagat Islands" (PDF). Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ Rempillo, Jay B. (11 February 2010). "SC Voids Creation of the Province of Dinagat Islands". Supreme Court of the Philippines. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  5. ^ Commission on Elections (9 March 2010). "COMELEC Resolution No. 8790" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b Nachura, Antonio Eduardo B. (12 April 2011). "G.R. No. 180050 - RODOLFO G. NAVARRO, VICTOR F. BERNAL, and RENE O. MEDINA, Petitioners, - versus - EXECUTIVE SECRETARY EDUARDO ERMITA, representing the President of the Philippines; Senate of the Philippines, represented by the SENATE PRESIDENT; House of Representatives, represented by the HOUSE SPEAKER; GOVERNOR ROBERT ACE S. BARBERS, representing the mother province of Surigao del Norte; GOVERNOR GERALDINE ECLEO VILLAROMAN, representing the new Province of Dinagat Islands, Respondents". Supreme Court of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  7. ^ Department of Budget and Management (9 January 2013). "IRA Shares for LGUs Jump by 37.5% in 2013". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Office of the President of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Population of Population of Legislative Districts by Region, Province, and Selected Highly Urbanized/Component City: 2015". Philippine Statistics Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 7 February 2017.