SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY Rep. Florida “Rida” P. Robes on Tuesday expressed elation over the passage of both Houses of Congress of her bill dividing Brgy. Muzon in her city into four (4) independent barangays for better delivery of services.
This came after the House of Representatives last Monday concurred with the Senate amendments of House Bill No. 6866 which divides Brgy. Muzon into four separate and distinct barangays to be known as Brgys. Muzon Proper, Muzon East, Muzon West, and Muzon South.
Robes said Brgy. Muzon is considered the most populous barangay in her city with more than 100,000 residents and dividing it into four barangays will improve the delivery of services to its residents. “Splitting the barangay will not alter its administrative status. This will improve the delivery of social services and effectively managing resources for the general welfare of the whole constituency of the city,” Robes said.
The division will be subject to a plebiscite conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which shall be held within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of the Act. The expenses of the plebiscite will be shouldered by the city government of San Jose Del Monte.
The first set of officials of the new barangays shall be elected in a special election supervised by Comelec not later than ninety (90) days from approval by the majority of votes cast in the plebiscite.
The current set of officials will continue to hold office until a new set of officials will have been elected.
The approved bill also states that all existing public infrastructure and facilities will be transferred to the new barangays. They shall be also be entitled to Internal Revenue Allotment shares under Section 285 of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines.