President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has signed into law a measure converting the municipality of Carmona in Cavite as its component city, Malacañang said on February 25.
Republic Act No. 119381, signed by Marcos last February 23, requires Carmona to hold a plebiscite within 60 days from the new law’s approval.
The new law states that incumbent officials will remain in office “until such time that a new election is held and the duly elected officials shall have already qualified and assumed their offices.”
“Appointive officials and employees of the Municipality of Carmona shall, likewise, continue exercising their functions and duties, and they shall automatically be absorbed by the City Government of the City of Carmona,” the law added.
The new law also suspends the increase in rates of local taxes within five years from earning Carmona’s cityhood.
Despite becoming a city, Carmona will remain under the 5th legislative district of Cavite “until otherwise provided by law.”
Carmona was the richest municipality in the Philippines in 2021 with total assets of P6.212 billion.
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