Renaming Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro is “happening very soon,” according to reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara.
“It’s just a matter of time before Davao de Oro becomes a reality,” said Angara, whose political campaign on Wednesday will take him to Compostela Valley—the only province in Davao Region which does not have Davao in its name just yet.
Davao region is composed of five provinces—Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.
The final copy of the bill renaming Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro has been transmitted last March to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.
Angara sponsored the bill in the Senate in his capacity as chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, with Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri as author.
Renaming the province would mean more investments, according to the senator.
He said Davao de Oro is a fitting name for the province, having the largest gold deposits in the country, with 10 out of its 11 towns having one or more gold mines each.
Oro means gold in Spanish and Italian.