Separate To Progress
Sometimes despite of the phenomenal success one is experiencing, there are things that are connected to us that are left behind not progressing or cannot go along with the success we are experiencing. It is either because one is so dominant that the other one’s only option is to follow and obey or the other one is being suppressed to shine and left not helped and despised.
Such is the case for the creation of a new province in the Philippines out of the limbs of Camarines Sur Philippines. The creation of the new province, named Nueva Camarines was brought out from Camarines Sur because of the idea I mentioned above.
Despite of the phenomenal tourism success of Camarines Sur (CamSur) which contributes greatly to the sudden increase of its revenues, still there are districts within Camarines Sur left behind from the phenomenal success Camarines Sur is presently experiencing. That is, according to reports the districts within Camarines Sur that could not get along the sudden tourism success of Camarines Sur, are the fourth and fifth districts, that experiences financial poverty and economic retardation despite the districts on the front rows of Camarines Sur were experiencing financial and economical lift.
Thus, the fourth district representative of Camarines Sur, Arnulfo Fuentebella proposed a bill to separate the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur from Camarines Sur into a brand new province in the Philippines to boost the financial, social, and economic status of the two districts in order to resuscitate the dying poor families within the two districts of Camarines Sur.
However, though Fuentebella’s idea is promisingly good, the current governor of Camarines Sur sharply opposes and contradicts this idea of Fuentebella. Current Camarines Sur provincial governor Luis “LRay” Villafuerte Jr. said that the idea to separate the poor districts of Camarines Sur into a new Camarines province will only reverse the phenomenal gains and benefits that the people of Camarines Sur (CamSur) are experiencing and enjoying because of a boost of tourism revenues within the province.
But in my opinion, if LRay Villafuerte Jr. is right and accurate on his claim that the people of Camarines Sur are enjoying and experiencing economic and financial bliss, how come there are findings conducted by the University of the Philippines that the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur are experiencing not the effects and the impacts of the economic growth LRay Villafuerte claim? And why does there is a need to save the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur by separating them from the main province into a brand new Camarines province, named Nueva Camarines, if the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur are also experiencing financial and economic bliss as LRay Villafurte jr. claim?
Did LRay Villafuerte just overwhelmed of the phenomenal economic progress of Camarines Sur tourism industry and overlook the whole entire picture? Or he is just bias in his perspective in considering that the only people in Camarines Sur are the districts on the front rows? But if not, what are his plans for the left behind districts of Camarines Sur?
For he says that the plan to divide the province into two provinces, namely, Camarines Sur and Nueva Camarines; is a setback that will short-circuit the ongoing tourism success of the province of Camarines Sur. According to LRay Villafuerte, Camarines Sur tourism phenomenal success have already put the province on the international tourism map wherein international tourists have already known and interested to pay visit, so according to him, why compromise such already economic progress of the province by messing up the districts within it.
Moreover, he accuses Fuentebella of gerrymandering regarding Fuentebella’s desired to separate the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur. But in my opinion, if Fuentebella is just gerrymandering why does the findings of the University of the Philippines regarding the economic status of the fourth and fifth districts of Camarines Sur matches with what Fuentebella ‘s claim which inspires him to create a bill to separate these two poor districts of Camarines Sur into a new Camarines province (Nueva Camarines) that will give these two poor districts of Camarines Sur a chance to grow which could eventually help the poor families within the two districts? Moreover, Fuentebella’s side has already gain a landslide votes in the lower house regarding the creation of the new Camarines province which is Nueva Camarines if Fuentebella is wrong and just mere gerrymandering?
LRay Villafuerte Jr. could be wrong on his accusations that Fuentebella is just gerrymandering and may look politically insecure instead rather than Fuentebella.
By the way, if this issue has finally settled and the bill for the creation of Nueva Camarines is all approved and official, the Philippines and the Filipinos could proudly proclaim to the world that they have a new province in Visayan region which Philippine history and geographical books should include, that is, NUEVA CAMARINES.