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ACT NO. 2786
|REPUBLIC ACT NO. 2786 - AN ACT TO
CREATE THE PROVINCES OF SURIGAO DEL NORTE AND SURIGAO DEL SUR
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Section 1. The province of Surigao is hereby divided
into two provinces, one to be known as Surigao del Norte and the other
as Surigao del Sur.
Sec. 2. The Province of Surigao del Norte shall
consist of that portion of the present Province of Surigao which
comprises the municipalities of Dinagat, Loreto, Dapa, Numancia,
General Luna, Pilar, Sapao, Malimono, Anaoaon, Surigao, Placer,
Tagana-an, Mainit, Tubod, Bacuag, Gigaquit, Claver, Sison, San Isidro,
Albor and Cagdianao.
Sec. 3. The Province of Surigao del Sur shall
consist of the other portion of the present Province of Surigao
comprising the municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Lanuza,
Cortez, Tandag, Tago, Cagwait, Hinatuan, Marihatag, Lianga, Bislig and
Sec. 4. The capital of Surigao del Norte shall be
Surigao and that of Surigao del Sur shall be Tandag.
Sec. 5. Except as hereinafter provided, all
provisions of law now or hereafter applicable to regular provinces
shall be applicable to the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao
Sec. 6. The present elective provincial officers
of Surigao shall, until their successors shall have been elected and
shall have qualified, perform their respective duties as such officers
in either of the two provinces herein created which they shall
individually choose within thirty days from the date of the approval of
this Act: Provided, That they shall continue to receive the salaries
they are receiving at the time of the approval of this Act until the
new readjustment of salaries in accordance with existing law. Such
elective officers as may be necessary to fill vacancies in either of
the said provinces shall for the time being be appointed by the
President of the Philippines with the consent of the Commission on
Appointments and shall hold office until December thirty-one, nineteen
hundred sixty-one and/or until their successors shall have been elected
and shall have qualified.
Sec. 7. Special elections shall be held in either
or both provinces to fill elective provincial positions which shall be
vacated by incumbent provincial elective officials, said special
elections to be held simultaneously with the national elections in
November, nineteen hundred sixty-one. The Commission on Elections is
directed to carry into effect the provisions of this section. Nothing
herein contained shall affect the term of office of the incumbent
elected provincial officials of Surigao.
Sec. 8. The present appointive provincial officers
and employees of Surigao shall likewise perform their respective duties
as such in either of the two provinces herein created which they shall
individually choose within thirty days from the date of the approval
hereof: Provided, That they shall continue to receive the salaries they
are receiving at the time of the approval of this Act until the new
readjustment of salaries in accordance with existing law. Such
appointive officers and employees as may be necessary to organize, or
to complete, the government personnel of either province shall be
appointed as provided by law.
Sec. 9. The provinces of Surigao del Norte and
Surigao del Sur shall each have one Representative: Provided, That the
present Representative of the Province of Surigao shall, during his
term of office as such, be the Representative for the Province of
Surigao del Norte: Provided, further, That he shall likewise be the
Representative for the Province of Surigao del Sur until a
Representative for the latter province shall have been elected in the
next general election for national officials or in a special election
called for the purpose.
Section 10. Upon effectivity of this Act, the
obligations, funds, assets and other properties of the present Province
of Surigao shall be divided equitably between the provinces of Surigao
del Norte and Surigao del Sur by the President of the Philippines upon
the recommendation of the Auditor General.
Section 11. This Act shall take effect upon its
Enacted without Executive
approval, June 19, 1960.
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