President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure renaming the province of Compostela Valley as the province of Davao de Oro.
But the renaming of the province has to be approved first by the residents through a plebiscite.
“The renaming of the Province of Compostela Valley as the Province of Davao de Oro shall be subject to ratification by a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters in a plebiscite to be conducted in the present Province of Compostela Valley,” according to Republic Act 11297.
The law also mandates that the Commission on Elections shall conduct and supervise the plebiscite in compliance with the Local Government Code.
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, the sponsor of the bill, previously said the renaming of the province would encourage more investments.
Angara said Davao de Oro is a fitting name as Compostela Valley has the largest gold deposits in the country, with 10 out of its 11 towns having one or more gold mines each. Oro means gold both in Spanish and Italian.
Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental comprise the Davao Region. Compostela Valley is the only province in the region which does not have “Davao” in its name just yet.
The said act, which originated in the House of Representatives, was passed by the lower chamber last May 15, 2018. It was then amended by the Senate of the Philippines on Dec. 10, 2018. The amendments were concurred in by the House on Jan. 29, 2019.
Duterte approved the said law last April 17, 2019. The newly signed legislation shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation.