Geroge Erwin Garcia YES–Comelec Chairman Geroge Erwin Garcia speaks before the media during the press briefing held at the Talaba Elementary School in Talaba, Bacoor City during the plebiscite in Bacoor City Saturday. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Bacoor says yes to renaming barangays

July 30, 2023 Dennis Abrina 274 views

BACOOR CITY, Cavite–A total of 29,285 or 90.44% out of the 32,380 voters’ turnout voted “yes” in Bacoor to rename some barangays in the city Saturday, the Commission on elections (Comelec) announced.

Comelec noted that only 2,994 individuals voted “no” among the total of 114,416 registered voters in the city based on the official canvass released Sunday, July 30.

Due to the prevailing “yes” votes, 44 barangays will be combined into 18, while five others will be renamed due to the merging of villages.

Cavite officials earlier noted that the 44 barangays’ annual income could increase to around P9.2 million to P25 million, from P3.1 to P10.2 million, as a result of the merging.

Thousands of voters did not mind the heavy rains and exercised their right to choose their villages’ fate.

Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia, together with other members of the Comelec en banc and senior officials, visited the polling places in Talaba Elementary School, Maliksi Elementary School, Poblacion Elementary School and Bacoor Central Elementary School in Barangay Alima and every precincts to monitor the polling developments.

Commissioner Aimee Ferolino and Cavite Provincial Election Officer Atty. Mico Morales-Castro manned the voting proceedings in Bacoor City Jail where 70 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) voted.

With the victory of “yes” votes, the 73 barangays were reduced to 47 villages as stipulated in the City Ordinance no. 275-2023.

Bacoor City Mayor Edwin ‘Strike’ Revilla aimed for the merging and renaming of certain villages to “ensure their economic growth and development.”

Revilla reiterated that the merging of villages will provide bigger budgets for the small barangays.

According to Police Colonel Christopher Olazo, Provincial Police Director, said around 500 police officers manned the plebiscite to ensure peace during the election.