Thursday, September 10, 2009

OEC V - Election of Members of the Regional Assembly of the Autonomous Regions

Article V


Section Details

Sec.  31. The Sangguniang Pampook of the autonomous regions. - Region IX and Region XII in southern Philippines shall each have a Sangguniang Pampook to be composed of twenty-seven members and shall include seventeen representatives elected from the different provinces and cities of each region, and a sectoral representative each from among the youth, agricultural workers, and non-agricultural workers (industrial labor) of each region to be selected in the manner herein provided whose qualifications and disqualifications are the same as Members of the Batasang Pambansa.

The President shall appoint an additional seven representatives in each region whenever in his judgment any other sector is not properly represented in the Sangguniang Pampook as a result of the elections.

Sec. 32. Apportionment of members of the Sangguniang Pampook. - The Members of the Sangguniang Pampook of Region IX and of Region XII shall be apportioned as follows:

     Region IX:
          Basilan, one (1);
          Sulu, three (3);
          Tawi-Tawi, one (1);
          Zamboanga del Norte
              including the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, four, (4);
          and Zamboanga del Sur,
              including the City of Pagadian, six (6); and Zamboanga City, two (2);
     Region XII:
          Lanao del Norte, two (2);
          Iligan City, one (1);
          Lanao del Sur
              including the City of Marawi, four (4);
              including the City of Cotabato, four (4);
          North Cotabato, four (4); and
          Sultan Kudarat, two (2).

Sec. 33. Election of members of Sangguniang Pampook. - The candidates for the position of seventeen representatives to the Sangguniang Pampook of Region IX and of Region XII shall be voted at large by the registered voters of each province including the cities concerned.

The candidates corresponding to the number of member or members to be elected in a constituency who receive the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.

Sec. 34. Selection of sectoral representatives. - The President shall, within thirty days from the convening of each Sangguniang Pampook, appoint the sectoral representatives on recommendation of the Sangguniang Pampook and after due consultation with the representative and generally recognized organizations or aggrupations of members of the youth, agricultural workers and non-agricultural workers as attested by the Ministers of Local Government and of Education, Culture and Sports (youth), Ministers of Agrarian Reform and of Agriculture and Food (agricultural workers), and Ministers of Labor and Employment (non-agricultural or industrial labor).

The President of the Philippines shall in writing notify the Speaker of the Sangguniang Pampook of each region of the appointment made by him of any sectoral representative.
The sectoral representatives shall have the same functions, responsibilities, rights, privileges, qualifications and disqualifications as the elective provincial representatives to the Sangguniang Pampook: Provided, however, That no defeated candidate for member of the Sangguniang Pampook in the immediately preceding election shall be appointed as sectoral representative.

Sec. 35. Filling of vacancy. - Pending an election to fill vacancy arising from any cause in the Sangguniang Pampook, the vacancy shall be filled by the President, upon recommendation of the Sangguniang Pampook: Provided, That the appointee shall come from the same province or sector of the member being replaced.

Sec. 36. Term of office. - The present members of the Sangguniang Pampook of each of Region IX and Region XII shall continue in office until June 30, 1986 or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified or appointed and qualified in the case of sectoral members.  They may not be removed or replaced except in accordance with the internal rules of said assembly or provisions of pertinent laws.

The election of members of the Sangguniang Pampook of the two regions shall be held simultaneously with the local elections of 1986.  Those elected in said elections shall have a term of four years starting June 30, 1986.

Those elected in the election of 1990 to be held simultaneously with the elections of Members of the Batasang Pambansa shall have a term of six years.

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