Old Cavite Town Bailen ‘Returns’

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - The Sangguniang Panglalawigan (Provincial Board) has unanimously approved a committee report renaming General Emilio Aguinaldo, a municipality in the 7th District of the province, to its original, "Bailen."

The unprecedented approval of the town name change in the historical province was made after 2nd District (Bacoor) Board Member (BM) Edwin E. Malvar, chairman of the Committee on Rules and Good Government, rendered out Committee Report 118-2012 during the 95th regular session last Monday.

"With the foregoing information being gathered, the Committee sees no reason to turn down Resolution 10-135-2011 of the the Municipality of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Although there is an adverse position from the NHCP on the matter but it does not establish firm restraint for the Sanguniang Bayan concerned to proceed. Besides the position of NHCP adds on the consideration of the concerned people to decide and come out with the best vote on the matter in a ratification process or a plebiscite," Malvar said in part.

Malvar was applauded by his co-board members and some town residents, who were in the gallery, after he read out the three-page report on the municipality's name change on the session floor.

Aguinaldo, a town in the southern upland area of Cavite, was called Bailen from the Spanish regime up to 1965. The town then was named after Bailen, a big city in Spain, by the Spanish friars who settled in the area.

The town was renamed after General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, Cavite's revolutionary hero, through legislature under Republic Act 4346 in 1965 and was known as such the last 47 years.

The area is a fifth class municipality with 14 barangays (villages) and projected residents of 20,716, based on the latest report of the Provincial Population Office.

The committee, with 1st District Board Member Ryan R. Enriquez as vice chairman and all BMs as members, had its first hearing on the town name change with majority of Aguinaldo officials and non-governmental organization officers present on March 21, 2012.

Cavite 7th District BM Irene De Padua-Bencito and Board Majority Leader said that the concerned municipality would call a plebiscite to affirm the renaming from Gen. Aguinaldo to Bailen.

Bencito said she was 100% sure that the "Yes to Bailen" vote would win in the plebiscite due "to the clamor of the townfolk to the name change."

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