the biggest municipality in Oriental Negros, is now a city after a plebiscite
confirmed the approval of its residents Saturday.
Election officer Roy
Aragones said the plebiscite reported a substantial participation of the people
who voted yes to the cityhood of Guihulngan.
The city of Guihulngan has
a population of more than 102,000 and more than P54 million in yearly income.
From an Internal Revenue Allotment of P94 million, it will be receiving
P350 million. City officials intend to push through livelihood programs, farm
to market roads and financial assistance to farmers.
With the increased
IRA, the export industry will also be given priority, officials said.
The move to convert Guihulngan into a city was initiated in the House of Representatives
by former Rep. Jacinto "Jing" Paras (1st District, Negros Oriental).
also got the support of congresswoman-elect and former town mayor Jocelyn Limkaihcong,
during the candidates forum in Guihulngan before the elections.*JG .