Samar (historical province)
Samar (1768-1965) was a former province in the Philippines which is coterminous with the island of Samar and its outlying islands. It was established in 1768 after it got separated from its predecessor, the province of Samar and Leyte.
On June 19 1965, the Philippine Congress along with the three Samar Representatives, Eladio T. Balite (1st District), Fernando R. Veloso (2nd District) and Felipe J. Abrigo (3rd District), approved Republic Act No. 4221 dividing the province of Samar into three divisions: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar. Each province adopted a new capital: Catbalogan (Western Samar), Borongan (Eastern Samar), and Catarman (Northern Samar). On June 21 1969, under Republic Act No. 5650, Western Samar was renamed simply into Samar with Catbalogan still as the capital.
- "Republic Act No. 4221 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Western Samar". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 19 June 1965. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Republic Act No. 5650 - An Act Changing the Name of the Province of Western Samar to Samar". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 21 June 1969. Retrieved 17 April 2016.