City to recognize Lapuz as separate district from La Paz
The sub-district of Lapuz, La Paz was technically separated from its mother district of La Paz after the city council approved a resolution on December 17 for its independence in order to have a separate police and fire stations.
City councilor Eldrid Antiquera said the city council resolution will only substantiate a long recognized district of Lapuz, although it is only a sub-district of La Paz.
The Liga ng mga Barangay here recognizes Lapuz as a separate district and counted it as one of the seven political districts of Iloilo City.
Lapuz has a de facto existence ongoing for several years and has its own ABC district president in the person of Don Esteban barangay captain Reynaldo Brito.
It has a total population of 32,210 and its income is even bigger than the district of Arevalo which has 13 barangays.
Out of a total 180 city barangays, La Paz district has 25 barangays while Lapuz has 12 barangays namely Alalasan, Don Esteban, Jalandoni Estate, Lapuz Norte, Lapuz Sur, Libertad, Loboc, Mansaya, Bo. Obrero, Progreso, Punong and Sinikway.
It has its own elementary and high schools while one of its barangays, Obrero, also considered as the biggest city village in terms of population and land area, has also its own elementary and high schools, police station, plaza, fire station and a voc-tech school. (PNA)