Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV expressed his opposition to the measure dividing Camarines Sur into two provinces, citing that there is no compelling reason to pursue the same.
“Legislating the division of a province while there is no compelling reason to do so is an unwise and risky move for us to take, and this will likely set a bad precedent for future lawmakers. We divide provinces like Kalinga Apayao when two tribes cannot be unified, but such is not the case here. In the case of CamSur, we see no compelling reason,” said Trillanes, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Local Government.
Trillanes added that carving out a new province out of Camarines Sure will only lessen the Internal Revenue Allotment of the existing province, thus, hampering the delivery of basic services in the area. He added that this might set an ill-advised trend of legislations seeking division of big provinces in the country.
Trillanes explained that, “as a matter of national policy, dividing a province essentially lessens its income. Also, if this is to be legislated, what will stop bigger provinces, such as Cavite, Laguna, Batangas from dividing their provinces? I suggest that we abandon this move and scrap the measure.”
“If the proponents are arguing that the province is too big to be governed and its size is contributing to the poor governance then the solution is to remove the current administrator of the province due to incompetency,” added Trillanes.
The House version of the measure has been passed into third reading. The new province will be named Nueva Camarines.#