Legislative districts of Zamboanga del Sur

The legislative districts of Zamboanga del Sur are the representations of the province of Zamboanga del Sur in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its first and second congressional districts.

HistoryEdit

Prior to gaining separate representation, areas now under the jurisdiction of Zamboanga del Sur were represented under the Department of Mindanao and Sulu (1917–1935) and the historical Zamboanga Province (1935–1953).

The enactment of Republic Act No. 711 on June 6, 1952 divided the old Zamboanga Province into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and provided them each with a congressional representative.[1] Per Section 7 of Republic Act No. 711, the chartered cities of Zamboanga and Basilan formed part of Zamboanga del Sur's representation.[1] The province, along with the two cities, first elected its representative starting in the 1953 elections. Even after receiving its own city charter on June 21, 1969, Pagadian remained part of the representation of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur by virtue of Section 108 of Republic Act No. 5478.[2]

Zamboanga del Sur was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region IX from 1978 to 1984. The province returned three representatives, elected at-large, to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. Basilan (established as a province in 1973) and Zamboanga City (classified as a highly urbanized city in 1983) separately elected their representatives starting that year.

Zamboanga del Sur was reapportioned into three congressional districts under the new Constitution[3] which was proclaimed on February 11, 1987, and elected members to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

The passage of Republic Act No. 8973 and its subsequent ratification by plebiscite on February 22, 2001 separated Zamboanga del Sur's entire third district to create the new province of Zamboanga Sibugay.[4] Per Section 7 of Republic Act No. 8973, Zamboanga del Sur's representation was reduced to two districts.[4] The former third district first elected a representative under the designation Lone congressional district of Zamboanga Sibugay beginning in the 2001 election.

The now-defunct 3rd district automatically became the representation of Zamboanga Sibugay upon its establishment in February 2001, but it was in May 2001 that this new province first elected a representative under its own name.

1st DistrictEdit

Period Representative[6]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Isidoro E. Real, Jr.
9th Congress
1992–1995
Alejandro S. Urro
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
Isidoro E. Real, Jr.
13th Congress
2004–2007
14th Congress
2007–2010
Victor J. Yu
15th Congress
2010–2013
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
Divina Grace C. Yu
18th Congress
2019–2022

2nd DistrictEdit

Period Representative[6]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Antonio H. Cerilles
9th Congress
1992–1995
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
Aurora E. Cerilles
12th Congress
2001–2004
Filomena S. San Juan
13th Congress
2004–2007
Antonio H. Cerilles
14th Congress
2007–2010
15th Congress
2010–2013
Aurora E. Cerilles
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
18th Congress
2019–2022
Leonardo L. Babasa, Jr.

3rd District (defunct)Edit

Period Representative[6]
8th Congress
1987–1992
Wilfredo G. Cainglet
9th Congress
1992–1995
Belma A. Cabilao
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
George T. Hofer

Lone District (defunct)Edit

Period Representative[6]
3rd Congress
1953–1957
Roseller T. Lim[a]
vacant
4th Congress
1957–1961
Canuto S.M. Enerio
5th Congress
1961–1965
Vincenzo Sagun
6th Congress
1965–1969
7th Congress
1969–1972
Vicente M. Cerilles

Notes

  1. ^ Elected in 1955 to the Senate;[6] seat remained vacant until the end of 3rd Congress.

At-Large (defunct)Edit

Period Representatives[6]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Vicente M. Cerilles
Bienvenido A. Ebarle
Alfredo Genaro C. Quintos

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Congress of the Philippines (June 6, 1952). "Republic Act No. 711 - An Act to Create the Provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Congress of the Philippines (June 21, 1969). "Republic Act No. 5478 – An Act Creating the City of Pagadian". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (February 2, 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Congress of the Philippines (November 7, 2000). "Republic Act No. 8973 - An Act Creating the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay from the Province of Zamboanga del Sur and for Other Purposes". The Corpus Juris. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Population of Population of Legislative Districts by Region, Province, and Selected Highly Urbanized/Component City: 2015". Philippine Statistics Authority. 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved February 7, 2017.