By Daine Mariel G. Chua

After a proposal to make the municipality the newest and eighth city in the Province of Cavite, Carmona can now respond better to its constituents’ needs after a successful plebiscite last July 8, courtesy of the proposal of Cavite’s Fifth District Representative Roy Loyola.

Photo Courtesy to City Government of Carmona/Rappler

“The cityhood will considerably improve Carmona’s efficiency to respond to the ever-growing needs of its constituents for more and better services as a result of the city’s greater power to generate its own resources of revenues for its exclusive use,” the district representative claimed during the proposal.

On June 22, Loyola further added on the introductory bill that the proposed conversion will ultimately enhance the lives of its residents as Carmona’s “posture and capability” to attract more businesses and industries, and pace of development will increase. 

High voter turnout

The majority of the voters expressed their support for Loyola’s proposal to make Carmona the eighth city of the province of Cavite, after a manual voting conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A number of 30,363 people agreed, resulting in a high voter turnout of 53.9%, to make Carmona a city, whereas 1,016 voters disagreed.

“We are glad that the voter turnout was high for a cityhood plebiscite,” said COMELEC spokesman John Rex Laudiangco.

With the successful plebiscite, it ratified the Republic Act No. 11938 entitled as "An Act Converting the Municipality of Carmona in the Province of Cavite into a component city to be known as the City of Carmona." 

This act was signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on February 23.

Richest municipality 

Based on the annual fiscal report of the Commission on Audit (COA) in 2021, Carmona earned the title as the richest municipality in the Philippines, with total assets amounting to P6.212 billion.

The former first-class municipality has 14 barangays with a population of 106,256, as of the 2020 census.

Carmona now joins the ranks of other cities in Cavite, namely Cavite City, Trece Martires, Tagaytay, Dasmariñas, Bacoor, Imus, and General Trias.