By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY — The Senate has approved, on second reading, a bill changing the name of Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro on Monday, governor Jayvee Tyron Uy said in a statement.
Uy said he was elated with the passage of the bill on second reading, and expected that by the end of the year, it will be approved into law.
“We sincerely thank the sponsor of the bill, Senators Juan Miguel F Zubiri and Sonny Angara, who referred the bill to the plenary,” he said.
The governor said the change of name was primarily motivated by their desire to be associated with the Davao Region.
“While our province, by virtue of geographical division, is part of the Davao Region, we are the only province with no ‘Davao’ word on its name,” he said.
Uy said this has caused confusion as to where Compostela Valley is located since there are people would always associate the ComVal with Cagayan Valley in Luzon, or Compostela town in Cebu.
“If ever Davao de Oro will be fully realized, we expect improved name recognition paving way for influx of investments and many others,” he said.
The governor said now, that the approval of the bill is certain of passage in Congress, they will soon start working on a plebiscite that would seek the locals’ approval of the change in name.