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ACT NO. 4695
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4695 - AN ACT
CREATING THE PROVINCES OF BENGUET, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, IFUGAO AND
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1. Mountain Province is hereby divided into four
provinces, to be known as Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao and
Sec. 2. The Province of Benguet shall comprise the
Subprovince of Benguet and the municipalities of Tuba, Sablan, Itogon,
La Trinidad, Tublay, Atok, Bokod, Kabayan, Kapangan, Bakun, Kibungan,
Mankayan and Buguias.
Sec. 3. Mountain Province shall comprise the
Subprovince of Bontoc and the municipalities of Barlig, Bauko, Besao,
Bontoc, Natonin, Sabangan, Sadanga, Sagada, Tadian and Paracales.
Sec. 4. The Province of Ifugao shall comprise the
Subprovince of Ifugao and the municipalities of Banaue, Lagawe,
Hungduan, Kiangan, Lamut, Mayaoyao and Potia.
Sec. 5. The Province of Kalinga-Apayao shall
comprise the Subprovinces of Kalinga and Apayao.
The municipalities of Balbalan, Lubuangan, Pinukpuk, Tabuk, Tanudan,
Tinglayan, Quirino and Liwan in the Subprovince of Kalinga shall retain
its status as the Subprovince of Kalinga. The municipalities of Luna,
Flora, Kabugao, Pudtol, Conner and Bayag in the Subprovince of Apayao
shall retain its status as the subprovince of Apayao.
Sec. 6. The Provincial Capital of the Province of
Benguet shall be La Trinidad; that of Mountain Province shall be
Bontoc; that of the Province of Ifugao shall be Lagawe; that of the
Province of Kalinga-Apayao shall be Tabuk.
Sec. 7. Except as hereinafter provided, all
provisions of law now or hereafter applicable to regular provinces
shall apply to the Provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao and
Sec. 8. The present elective provincial officers
of Mountain Province shall, until their successors shall have been
elected and shall have qualified, be assigned to and perform their
duties as such officers in the corresponding province herein created,
to which said elective provincial officers belong as a member of the
particular tribe or ethnic group inhabiting said province: provided,
that they shall continue to receive the salaries they are receiving at
the time of approval of this Act until the new readjustment of
salaries, in accordance with existing law. Where the position of
provincial governor, in a newly created province, becomes vacant as a
consequence of the division herein effected and the incumbent vice
governor is assigned to said province in accordance with the provisions
of this Act, the law of succession shall apply and the vice governor
shall automatically succeed to the position of governor in said
province and shall hold office as such until his successor shall have
been elected in the election following approval of this Act and shall
have qualified. All other elective officers as may be necessary to fill
in any 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 their successors shall have
been elected in the election for provincial and municipal officials
following the approval of this Act, and shall have qualified.
Sec. 9. The present appointive provincial officers
and employees of Mountain Province shall likewise perform their
respective duties as such in any of the four provinces herein created
which they shall individually choose within thirty days from the date
of approval hereof; provided, that they shall continue to receive the
salaries they are receiving at the time of 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.
SECTION 10. The incumbent Members of the House of
Representatives shall continue to serve the districts in which they
were elected until their term of office shall expire, after which each
province shall be represented by one Member: provided, that the City of
Baguio shall form part of the representative district of the Province
SECTION 11. Upon effectivity of this Act, the
obligations, funds, assets and other properties of Mountain Province
shall be divided equitably among the provinces of Benguet, Mountain
Province, Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao by the President of the Philippines
upon the recommendation of the Auditor General.
SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect upon its
Enacted without Executive
approval, June 18, 1966.
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