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Friday, June 3, 2016

Salceda eyes Daraga cityhood

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PIA)–With his seat as congressman of Albay’s second legislative district being secured by the May 2016 elections, Joey Sarte-Salceda now sets his sights in prioritizing the cityhood of Daraga during his term in congress.

Daraga, a town popularly known as the home of the Cagsawa Ruins, is a first-class municipality with a population of 126, 595 according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). With a total land area of 29,300 acres, it is a land-locked municipality bounded to Albay’s capital city of Legazpi in the north and east.

During recent years, Daraga has exhibited great development economically. Being part of the main roadway between Albay and Sorsogon, the town rapidly evolved from being agriculturally-oriented to becoming a commercially-centered location.

The population, as well, has grown large as Daraga also serves as a melting-pot for its neighboring towns, giving Daraga considerably strong economic buying-power. According to the Permits and Licensing Office, Daraga has over 2,300 business establishments as of 2011, making it the largest amongst the towns of Albay.

According to Salceda, the Daraga has outgrown its status as a municipality resulting to a considerable increase in the needs of the residents. He states strongly that cityhood is the right way to sustain this fast growth as it would provide Daraga with greater resources to cope up with the increasing demands.

In terms of ‘per capita’, Daraga has an Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) per capita of Php. 1,542.73, the lowest in Albay.

The incoming congressman envisions this Albay town as the next big economic center-force with its function as a major commercial crossroad. With projects like the extension of the South Luzon Railway System and the Bicol International Airport hosted in Daraga, Salceda sees the realization of this plan.

Salceda also justifies that Daraga as met the income requirement for conversion from town to city, as mandated in RA 9009. As per the Department of Budget and Management, the municipality of Daraga has an IRA of 195,002,236 pesos for fiscal year 2016, the fourth largest in Albay. (EAD/JE/PIA5 Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464855979/salceda-eyes-daraga-cityhood#sthash.ZYF8LGo6.dpuf

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