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Are you in favor of converting Baler into a City?

Date Filed: 2007-12-06
Full Title: AN ACT CONVERTING THE MUNICIPALITY OF BALER, PROVINCE OF AURORA INTO A COMPONENT CITY TO BE KNOWN AS THE CITY OF BALER
Principal Author: ANGARA, JUAN EDGARDO M.
Date Read: 2007-12-17
Primary Referral: LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Bill Status: Pending with the Committee on LOCAL GOVERNMENT since 2007-12-17

Asides from an act of Congress, a plebiscite is required before a town could be converted into a city. So let’s have a mini-plebiscite right now. Just click on the red or blue bar (or the yes or no words) depending on your vote.


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from a news in Manila Bulletin:

Cong. Juan Edgardo M. Angara, a son of Senator Edgardo Angara, has filed a House resolution seeking the creation of Baler into a component city, saying that its conversion will spur the economic growth and progress of this historic town.

Another news is here.

There is a hurdle in this bill because the Local Government Code has specific requirements that a certain town should meet for conversion into a city. A town’s population should not be less than 150,000 (Baler – 34,000), the land area should be at least 100 square kilometers (Baler – 121 ) and average income should be 20,000,000 or above. Baler does not meet all the requirements that’s why Cong. Angara is asking for an exemption. Last year 16 towns in the country, all doesn’t meet the Local Government Code requirements, were converted to cities by means of legislation. The League of Cities of the Philippines is against this move because it would mean a decrease in the internal revenue allotment for all the existing cities in the country. Read here, here, here and here.

What do you think are the pros and cons of turning our town into a city. Will it really cause “economic growth and progress” or will it only add a meaningless word to our towns name?

This reminds me of one observation I had during the Sining Silangan workshop held on 2006 at ANSHS. In one art exercise, the children participants were grouped and given a white cartolina and some pastel crayons. They were asked to draw a scene of Baler 10 years from that year. There were about 10 groups and all of their finished works includes a Jollibee and an SM stuck somewhere in the streets of Baler. The moral of the story: for the kids, progress means having a Jollibee and an SM in town. The bad news is, most adults also think so.

My vote to the poll is NO.

You’re also encouraged to comment on this issue.

Note (March 13, 2008): I accidentally deleted this post a while ago. I wanted to edit it and I clicked on “delete” instead of “edit”. I only managed to restore it by copying the feeds. Unfortunately all the comments were erased. The last time i checked there were almost 20 comments in this post and all provided good insights on the topic. Most of them were against the proposed conversion. So I’m urging those who posted their comment to put their opinions again. They would help bring more sense to the issue. Thanks.

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37 Responses to Are you in favor of converting Baler into a City?

  1. toots says:

    what happened to the previous comments?

  2. Eman says:

    Pls. help first the people in Baler pertaining to their lives and conditions and not for political adventurism.

  3. Eutiquio L. Rotaquio, Jr. says:

    My attention was caught about this news and starts to think in a more wider and optimistic perspectives of development. Perhaps, the idea sounds good because hearing the words “Baler City” is really impressing and one could imagine that Baler is fully developed. The word “city” connotes that Baler can offer comfortable public services and utilities to its people. However, do we really have an excellent public services in Baler to qualify as a city? In terms of health facilities, communication, transportation, roads and infrastructures? Forgive to mention one concrete and simple example, the public toilet in Baler terminal. Is it the kind of public services that Baler City can offer? I hope everybody knows the condition of that toilet. There are other parameters of development, but, I just cited the most simple and useful to everybody and could be managed easily but unfortunately it’s not!
    Besides, based on the guidelines stated in R.A. 7160, such as area, population and income, Baler failed to satisfy the minimum requirements. This simply means that the bill is violating that law. By, the way I am not a lawyer but I can understand the law. Over riding such minimum requirments will be detrimental and unfavorable to the existing cities and municpalities which are about to satisfy the state of being cityhood. This is so because their IRA will be decreased and will be fairly distributed to the pre-mature cities like Baler. As a negative consequences, millions of people in the existing cities will be deprived of the good public sevices.
    I hope the bill is not self-serving and has no hidden agenda beyond to serve only the interest of a few people. Should the the bill becomes a law, and that public toilet in Baler terminal becomes better as the public toilet here in Japan, then, we need to praise and salute the people behind. Domo arigato gozaimasu!

  4. nucleus says:

    huwag na nating isama sa kung anumang political agenda meron tayo para mapaganda ang resume ng iilan. paano aakyat sa status ng isang siyudad ang Baler, ni hindi nga makaakyat sa pamantayan para sa isang 1st class municipality. Nakakalungkot isipin na kung sinuman ang nagpasimula nito, ang kanilang pamantayan ng pag-unlad ay isang mababaw at hungkag na basehan. Hindi sa pangalan at pagkakabit ng salitang “city” ang tunay na pamantayan ng pag-unlad kundi ang panatilihing mayaman ang Baler, at ang Aurora sa pangkalahatan, sa likas na yaman; ang paunlarin ang mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng epektibong serbisyo publiko.
    Sa bandang huli, masusukat din kung ano ang nagawa ng mga nakaupo, hindi dahil nagpalit ng pangalan o kaya’y ipinangalan sa kamag-anak ang isang kalye, isang paaralan o kaya isang building, o isang bayan.
    History will decide, and people in Baler know much better and they deserve more!

  5. john reyes says:

    NO!!!

  6. bata says:

    city??? I dont think so. Why do we or lets say “they” need to change our town into a city? Then after that, whats next? pati pangalan papaltan na rin? anu ba yan, magising na tayo sa katotohanan. Sobra na yan, alam natin kung ano kalalabasan nyan if ever na mangyari nga ang gusto nila. Kung sa bagay kung ang mga bata nga na sinasabi dun sa nabasa ko is malls and jollibee ang nakikita sa future ng ating bayan, wala rin tayo magagawa. But I guess we can still change that kung hahayaan nilang manatili ang ating bayan sa pagiging bayan. We dont want to turn our town into a polluted place like the other cities out there. “nucleus” you’re right about that. Ang pagtawag sa Baler na CITY ai hindi pa sapat para lng masabing maunlad ang ating bayan. Kung magaling nga ang mga nakaupo sa ating munisipyo, ndi na nila kelangan pang palitan ang ating bayan sa “city”. Alam din natin ang hangarin nila kung bakit nila ginagawa ito. Dahil sa sarili rin nilng kapakanan. Bakit kya hindi nyo unahin ang mga taong nangangaylangan sa ating bayan? Bakit hindi nyo na lng igastos yang pera ng bayan sa pag papagawa ng mga paaralan, mga libreng school supplies sa mga mag-aaral na hindi kayang maka pag provide ng sarili nilng gamit, mga opisina oh kahit ano na makakapag bigay trabaho sa mga tao sa ating bayan na wala na lng inaatupag kundi ang pag iinom, pag susugal at pagtambaytambay, mga health insurance o kung anu anu pa na alam nyong makakatulong sa mga BALERIANS?

  7. GoregutSystema says:

    A BIG NO!!!!

  8. LV says:

    baler city???? dreaming….kayabangan lang nila yan….

  9. jeipEeyEah..! says:

    damn.!!

    don’t you daRe..!!
    baLer is a very nice place., and having it converted as a city will ruin all the resources we have there.!!
    it’s a very beautiful and rich place.

  10. No to Cityhood says:

    baler city doesn’t sound great..city of baler is better! hahaha! kidding aside, i don’t want baler to be a city because it would justify the dipuntuhan of the kids nowadays. my simplest reason.

  11. zenkriz says:

    baler city: lalaki daw ang IRA o budget ng baler, kaya tataas ang sahod ng mga empleyado…tataas din naman ang taxes, delikado na naman ang mga businessman..mahihirapang magbayad ng realty tax ang mga taal na tiga baler na may pag aari rito, kaya mapipilitang ibenta sa mga dayuhang investor..kaya naman dadami ang mga investor, kaya dadami ang trabaho, so dadami ang tao, kaya naman dadami din ang basura, krimen, squater , magpapalimos, taong grasa pati dagang tiga CITY..

    kapag dumami ang tao, kukulangin na sa lugar kaya naman i-sa-subdivide na yung ating natitirang kalbong kagubatan, so mauubos ang puno, kaya kapag umulan babaha na sa baler. siyempre grabe kapag bumaha kasi siguradong barado na ang mga esterong masisikip dahil sa mga squater at mga basurang gawa ng mga tiga baler city, at kapagka nagkagonon malulunod ang mga tao, pati yung mga walang kinalaman damay..

    CONCLUSION: kapag pala naging city tayo makakatulong tayo sa POPCOM, dahil malaking populasyon ang mababawas dito sa pilipinas kapag binaha ang BALER CITY..
    magkakaroon ng bagong livelihood ang mga tiga baler, ang mangalap ng mga basura, recycle baga.
    mangangailangan ng maraming doktor at nurse hinde lamang para sa sakit sa katawan pati na rin sa sakit sa utak dahil sa gutom..
    kailangan na rin natin ng karagdagan mga pulis para sa mga snatcher at mga mandurukot..
    matutuwa ang mga playboy kasi dadami ang mga prostitute..
    matutuwa ang mga bata kasi sa halip na mag aaral sila, tatambay na lang sila sa mga mall..

    hay pag unlad, kailangan ba talaga natin ito?

  12. Pakuwan says:

    Isa sa mga ebidensya kung pano minamanipula ng kongreso and ating lipunan..

  13. Eman says:

    There are many projects to be prioritized in our town and not for that resolutions. Why not to help fishermen in Brgy.s sabang, castillo, cemento and buhangin to boost their income by providing cooperatives. Farmers from Brgy.s pingit, buhangin, reserva, suklayin and Calabuanan by providing also cooperatives. Coconut plantations by loaning them money to futher imrpove their plants. Improves, infrastructor, education, health and provides foods for people. Maybe I will agree right after 12 years and but with the following specific requirements mandated by our local codes pertaining to this. It is premature if we are discussing this unripe resolution. I really don’t know why congress and the president spent times for passing the bills in related with this meanwhile there so many problems that needs to prioritize. Only what I knew hereat is the IRA allotments, others, nothing. otherwise, maybe by being proud that they passed bills into a law or RECOGNITION and ACCOMPLISHMENT. $$$ That’s what politics are for$$$ Diyos na mahabagin, baguhin mo po sana ang naliligaw nilang kaisipan.

  14. botyok says:

    HAHAHAHA!! this is the most “stupidest” thing i ever heard in my life!! Tiqiuo!! im ur greatest fan good to hear you in this forum! I hopeful some guys in ASCOT are still proactive and sane….. not just say “yes ur majesty, thy will be done!”

  15. totoykahoy says:

    # zenkriz Says:
    March 15th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    baler city: lalaki daw ang IRA o budget ng baler, kaya tataas ang sahod ng mga empleyado…tataas din naman ang taxes, delikado na naman ang mga businessman..mahihirapang magbayad ng realty tax ang mga taal na tiga baler na may pag aari rito, kaya mapipilitang ibenta sa mga dayuhang investor..kaya naman dadami ang mga investor, kaya dadami ang trabaho, so dadami ang tao, kaya naman dadami din ang basura, krimen, squater , magpapalimos, taong grasa pati dagang tiga CITY..

    kapag dumami ang tao, kukulangin na sa lugar kaya naman i-sa-subdivide na yung ating natitirang kalbong kagubatan, so mauubos ang puno, kaya kapag umulan babaha na sa baler. siyempre grabe kapag bumaha kasi siguradong barado na ang mga esterong masisikip dahil sa mga squater at mga basurang gawa ng mga tiga baler city, at kapagka nagkagonon malulunod ang mga tao, pati yung mga walang kinalaman damay..

    CONCLUSION: kapag pala naging city tayo makakatulong tayo sa POPCOM, dahil malaking populasyon ang mababawas dito sa pilipinas kapag binaha ang BALER CITY..
    magkakaroon ng bagong livelihood ang mga tiga baler, ang mangalap ng mga basura, recycle baga.
    mangangailangan ng maraming doktor at nurse hinde lamang para sa sakit sa katawan pati na rin sa sakit sa utak dahil sa gutom..
    kailangan na rin natin ng karagdagan mga pulis para sa mga snatcher at mga mandurukot..
    matutuwa ang mga playboy kasi dadami ang mga prostitute..
    matutuwa ang mga bata kasi sa halip na mag aaral sila, tatambay na lang sila sa mga mall..

    hay pag unlad, kailangan ba talaga natin ito?

    gandang ipinta niyan kuya vincent hehehe!!!!

  16. STAG says:

    Naka upo ang TAO dahil sa mga kababayang taga AURORA, NAGTIWALA at NANGARAP ang MAMAYAN na may MAGANDANG maihahatid sa ATIN at mga BAYAN at PROV. ng AURORA, ang tanong ko lang poh ay ganito “Natanong nyo na baga ang mga saloobin ng karamihan sa nasasakupan mo. Bigyan mo us ng pnksimpleng halaga bilang MAMAMAYAN ng AURORA sa pagpasa ng mas MAKABULUHANG BATAS na makikinabang ay mula sa pnaka ABA pataas sa NAMUMUNO not d oder way around. . . .

  17. aubrey says:

    i2 lang masa2bi q pagtulung tulungan n lang ng mga taga aurora na palitan ang namu2no sa probinsya ng aurora kc masydo n ang kanilang katalinuhan hindi n aprubado ang kanilang kaalaman sa nasabing lugar maramin salamat

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  18. sally says:

    ano yan…isang malaking kalokohan…!!!wag nman po sana nating sirain ang magandang bayan ng baler…bagkus lalo pa nating pagandahin ang ating bayan….

  19. bwusita says:

    city? para magkaroon ng mas malaking IRA? maski hinde pasado sa cityhood requirements? pandaraya na yata ito.

    hmmmm….simulan kaya natin sa pag account ng past IRAs…san napunta yun? at san gagastusin yung mga karagdagan???

  20. elijah says:

    NO.masyado naman yan makasarili!

  21. kurt says:

    anu b ang iniisip nyo?!

  22. nokire says:

    NO…areh akaw ai tataas lamang ang buwis
    maski de laang tau maging city

  23. vfemd says:

    City of Baler??? a good sound to it but when you come to think of it we are not yet ready to be one we dont have any stable industry to give our people jobs ….. then if we become one let it be known that all our taxes will have a corresponding increase as of now we have problems in tax collection….and we are not yet a city how can we then convince them of a tax increase

  24. pare ko says:

    hello…kapag city na ang baler…lalong hihirap kc magmamahalan ang paninda adn konsumo..city rate dapat lahat ang sistema ng buy and sell d2..hays dami pa naman d2 umaalis dahil wlang trabaho sa aurora..mostly mahirap po ang mga tao d2..

  25. Igan says:

    Lalaki ang IRA? that only means we’re heading into that reality of development. Best tourist spot.Anhin mu yung Cebu, mas malaking hamak ang potential tourist spots ng Aurora kung ma-de-develop nga. Tataas ang land value siguradu which the way i’m seeing it mga may kayang taga ibang lugar ang bibili ng mga primary locations. I just hope it’s not true na pag nangyari yan na maging city then most of us na naninirahan sa Aurora ay mapipilitang ibenta ang mga iyun kung i-triple ang present value. Intay na laang aku at kahit kamatayan ku siguradung mamanahin naman ng mga anak ku which for most of us a long way to go but i don’t care we’re heading into that development anyway. At least taga Aurorang original ang naninirahan diyan. VOTE NO TO CITY OF BALER!

  26. botyok says:

    Aryu!!! bat ala ang comments ko?! where’s the freedom of speech here!

  27. joseph says:

    Dear Botyok,

    Kung ang hinahanap mu ay yung mga unang comments, nandun sa huling paragraph ng post ang paliwanag – i ACCIDENTALLY deleted them. Nag-request din ako sa mga nagpost ng comment na ulitin nila yung comment nila para maibalik

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  28. STAG says:

    Moderated & controlled so as not to deprived rights of others tama ka kamag anak kong labut may dugong gonzales din ako, dugong patas parehas at MAKATAO all comments i personally believed so na more on BIG BIG NO!NO!NO!!basta ako de bumuboto sa balimbing, payaso pansariling interes ang katalinuhan!!!

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  30. ay aku pabor says:

    ay aku pabor na maging city ang baler. syempre tataas ang share sa internal revenue allotment na de lamang ibang mga lugar ang nakikinabang. akaw ay kaganda kayang pakinggan kung sakali “Baler as one of the fastest growing cities”. masdan natin. ay kung magtatayu nga diyan ng U.P. ay de baga? mahirap namang iyung gustu laang natin ang masunud, ay dapat maging handa rin tayu sa consequences at the same time maalam din tayong tumanggap at mag adjust sa mga pagbabagu, gan-un talaga. aba ay kaganda rin namang mahilamusan ang baler, anu? may mga cities naman na na maintain nila ang ganda ng kalikasan ay, de baga. kaya laang yung iba kahit kaya i self-sustain yung city nila, ayaw nila magdagdag pa ng ibang cities dahil nababawas ang share nila sa IRA, ay sila lang baga ang gustong makinabang sa buwis natin.

  31. ay aku pabor says:

    at saka intayin na laang ang plebiscite para walang gulu

  32. popoy says:

    Ah..City masarap pakinggan pero HANDA NA BA KAYO? Kun handa na kayo? Do u have excellent skills in everything that will serve u para makisabay? Do u have power to survive? Think about it? The best game in our life is changing our paradigm…Tnx..

  33. ellen says:

    hindi po aq pabor!masasayang ang bayang aming ipinagmamalaki dahil sa yaman sa kalikasan!!huwag naman sana na pag uwi namin na umaasa na lalanghap sa sariwang hangin,makitang muli ang nagagandahang dagat,ang mga punong kahoy na kay gandang pagmasdan ay wala nah !galing na kami sa isang city na halos di na makahinga sa dami ng tao,sa nagsisik sikang sasakyan,sa nag sisik sikang kultura!!wag naman sanang mangyari sa ating bayan dahil lang sa isang maling hakbang!

  34. wooo says:

    baler city
    sounds awkward right??
    xaka ndi naman kailangang maging lunsod para masabing maunlad ang isang lugar. dapat pagyamanin muna natin ung mga likas na yaman natin ng para lumaki ung kita natin at matulungan ang mga mamamayan nito.
    ung panukala nilang iyan ang magdudulot sa ating bayan ng kapahamakan.
    ung mga qualifications nga ai ndi natin napasahan tapos ipagpipilitan p nila.

  35. auroranians….fearless of changes.
    go,aurora!!!!

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