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Senate bill on Baguio-Benguet Authority in plenary

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Richard J. Gordon
PHILSTAR

SENATOR Richard J. Gordon has sponsored to the plenary Senate Bill No. 2169 creating the Greater Baguio-Benguet Development Authority. The bill establishes the new authority with the aim of decongesting Baguio City and dispersing economic activity to the city’s neighboring municipalities. It also creates a special metropolitan area in Benguet called the “Greater Baguio-Benguet Metropolitan Area” composed of the municipalities of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay, subject for approval in a plebiscite. In a text message, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said it was still “possible” that the proposed measure could reach third reading approval in the 17th Congress given the remaining session days. Congress is on its Feb. 9 to May 19 break for the May 13 midterm elections. It will resume session from May 20 to June 7. — Camille A. Aguinaldo

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