Plebiscite set for new barangay

Posted on November 09, 2013

BACOLOD CITY -- The Commission on Elections has scheduled a plebiscite for the ratification of the creation of a new barangay here on Jan. 11 next year.

The creation of Barangay Paglaum would bring the number of barangays in Bacolod to 62.

Gemeno Ymballa, counsel for the petitioners, said the conversion of Paglaum Village (Village of Hope) into a barangay is long overdue.

Mr. Lopez said the required P3 million budget that was requested by the former administration has been set aside.

Paglaum, a low-cost housing community, is currently part of Barangay Mansilingan. An ordinance was passed in 1987 creating the new barangay, which will be composed of Paglaum Village, Sitio Buri, Mabesa Subdivision, and 12 haciendas.

Mr. Ymballa said the issue regarding the boundaries of Mansilingan and Paglaum has been settled.

“The issue of Brgy. Paglaum will be discussed objectively with the residents of Brgy. Mansilingan, especially its benefits that will help both barangays work hand in hand towards attaining progress,” Mr. Ymballa said.

Mansilingan has between 17,000 and 18,000 registered voters, he added. -- Chrysee G. Samillano