General Trias - Cavite’s Newest City

The Province of Cavite has new city: General Trias.

It was proclaimed as the 7th city, on December 12, 2015, after the affirmative votes won during a plebiscite conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Fondly called “GenTri,” it is also the country’s 145th city. Cavite’s other cities are Cavite City, Tagaytay, Trece Martires, Dasmariñas, Bacoor and provincial capital Imus.

The declaration was made by Lawyer Juanito V. Ravanzo Jr., Cavite Provincial Comelec supervisor; Comelec Region IV-A Director Juanito O. Icaro and Deputy Executive Director for Operations Bartolome J. Sinocruz — in the presence of Mayor Antonio “Ony” Ferrer, his younger brother Sixth District Rep. Luis “Jonjon” Ferrer, Vice Mayor Maurito “Morit” Centeno Sison, councilors and other constituents.

The Ferrer brothers, who are the proponents of the city measure, are elated by the proclamation.

They said that the event was an inspiration for them to strive further for the city and the citizens to move on in terms of developments and progress.

According to Provincial Comelec Chief Ravanzo, out of the 132, 121 registered voters in the municipality’s 33 barangays, only 11 percent of the voting population had cast their votes in 24 polling centers.

Comelec canvass report showed that the total plebiscite “yes” votes was 15,037 and the “no” only 490.

This was due to the fact that many voters were in workplaces of schools during the referendum day.

“Malaki pong factor na hindi holiday ang ating plebisito (It is a big factor that the plebiscite day was not a holiday),” Municipal Executive Assistant Romel D. Olimpo said.

Chief Inspector Virgilio V. Rubio, General Trias police officer-in-charge, said that the voting last December 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., went on peacefully and orderly.

In his message, Rep. Ferrer, also the previous mayor, thanked colleagues and supporters of the cityhood bid. He said that one of his priorities is street concerns, citing that the constructions of three by-pass roads are now ongoing.

He likewise allayed fears of higher taxes under a city, citing remedial plans and the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Last August, President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10675, the law converting the municipality into a city. The law clarifies that the city would remain under the jurisdiction of the 6th legislative district, headed by Representative Luis Ferrer IV, the main author of the bill in the House of Representatives.

The conversion of General Trias into a city was approved, as it has met the requirements set by the Local Government Code, which includes a locally generated income of at least P100 million for the last two consecutive years (as certified by the Department of Finance) and a population of 150,000 or more (as certified by the National Statistics Office) or a contiguous territory of 100 square kilometers (as certified by the Land Management Bureau).

General Trias is only 81.46 square kilometers, but it has a population of 243,322 as of the 2010 Census.

GenTri is one of the fast progressing municipalities in the province with its vast agricultural, commercial, industrial and infrastructure developments in the area.

In 2013, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the municipality generated a total income of P759 million "from local taxes, permits and licenses, service and business income and internal revenue allotments".

Now that it is a city, General Trias would have a bigger share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) than when it was a municipality.

The number of councilors will increase from 8 to 10, starting in the May 2016 elections. (With reports from Manila Bulletin / Opinyon, Rosemarie Señora)

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