Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte after he signed into law the creation of seven new barangays for the city.
Tiangco said the division of the big barangays will lead to better delivery of public service, programs and projects to its constituents. The city now has 18 barangays total, up from the previous 14.
On Aug. 23, the President signed three Republic Acts, abolishing three existing villages and creating seven distinct and independent ones.
In Republic Act 10933, North Bay Boulevard South or NBBS will be divided into three distinct and independent barangays –NBBS Proper, NBBS Kaunlaran and NBBS Dagat-dagatan.
With RA 10934, Barangay Tangos was split into two distinct and independent barangays—Tangos North and Tangos South.
With RA 10935, Barangay Tanza was divided into two barangays—Tanza 1 and Tanza 2.
A plebiscite will be held in the original barangays within four months after the new laws take effect to be supervised by the Commission on Election as mandated by the three RAs. The first set of officials of the barangays shall be elected not later than 90 days after the plebiscite.
The laws will take effect 15 days after being published in two publications of general circulation.
The Comelec is then mandated to conduct and supervise special elections of barangay officials to be held in the new barangays within the next two months. Expenses for the plebiscite and the special elections shall be borne by the city government.
All existing public infrastructure and facilities for public use will be transferred without cost and will be managed by the new barangays.