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‘Davao de Oro’ wins plebiscite

December 09, 2019 - Monday 6:12 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- Compostela Valley Province is now renamed Davao de Oro after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 11 on Sunday proclaimed victory for the “yes” votes to ratify the renaming of the province as provided by Republic Act (RA) Number 11297.

Comelec 11 director Lawyer Remlane Tambuang said 174,442 voted in favor of Davao de Oro while 5,020 voted against the ratification.

The December 7 ratification was held in 11 municipalities of ComVal, namely Compostela, Mabini, Maco, Maragusan, Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan, New Bataan, and Pantukan.

The voters of these areas were asked the question: “Pumapayag ka ba na palitan ang pangalan ng Lalawigan sa Compostela Valley at gawing Lalawigan ng Davao de Oro alinsunod sa Batas Republika Bilang 11297?”

(Are you in favor of replacing the name of the province Compostela Valley with the name Davao de Oro pursuant to Republic Act 11297?)

President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11297 on April 17, 2019.

Tambuang, in a radio interview, said the turnout of the votes was almost 50 percent of the 462,942 registered voters recorded in Davao de Oro during the May 2019 Midterm elections.

The Comelec and the province had allotted a total of P53.8 million for the conduct of the plebiscite.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director Brigadier General Filmore Escobal said the plebiscite has been noted "generally peaceful with no untoward incidents."

"Through our close coordination of the Comelec, local government units, PNP and AFP, and other government troops, we were able to ensure the peaceful exercise of the citizen’s right to vote in the province," RD Escobal emphasized.

Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy, in a previous interview, said renaming the province from ComVal to Davao de Oro will help the province gain more investments.

Uy said Davao de Oro would pave the way for the creation of more economic zones in the province.