TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The Sangguniang Panglalawigan (Provincial Board) has unanimously approved a committee report renaming General Emilio Aguinaldo, a municipality in the 7th District of the province, to original Bailen.
The unprecedented approval of the town name change in the historical province was made after 2nd District (Bacoor) Board Member (BM) Edwin E. Malvar, chairman of the Committee on Rules and Good Government, rendered out Committee Report 118-2012 during the 95th regular session last Monday.
Malvar was applauded by his co-board members and some town residents, who were in the gallery, after he read out the three-page report on the municipality’s name change on the session floor.
Aguinaldo, a town in the southern upland area of Cavite, was called Bailen from the Spanish regime up to 1965. The town then was named after Bailen, a big city in Spain, by the Spanish friars who settled in the area.
The town was renamed after General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, Cavite’s revolutionary hero, through legislature under Republic Act 4346 in 1965. The area was called General Aguinaldo municipality for the last 47 years. (Anthony Giron)