Antipolo City now Rizal provincial capital after four decades

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) – Antipolo City is now the capital of Rizal province under a law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Republic Act 11475, signed on June 19 and made public Monday, transferred the seat of government of Rizal province from Pasig City.

Under Act 137 created by the Philippine Commission, Pasig was incorporated in Rizal province in 1901 during the Philippine-American War. The law also formalized the town’s designation as provincial capital.

But in 1978, the then municipality of Pasig was included in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region through Presidential Decree 1396.

The law’s sponsor, Sen. Francis Tolentino, said the legislation seeks to correct the decades-old historical error and gave Antipolo City its rightful designation as Rizal provincial capital.

"Being declared as the seat of government of the province would generate more economic activities. It would perhaps entice investors to go to the capitol considering that there is no more confusion that it's no longer in Pasig, it's now in Antipolo," said Tolentino in a statement.

Antipolo City first district Rep. Robbie Puno, the bill’s principal author in the House, said naming the city as provincial capital is long overdue.

Nararapat na kilalanin bilang capital ng lalawigan ng Rizal ang lungsod ng Antipolo dahil sa naririto ang ating lokal na pamahalaan at ito na rin ang kinikilala bilang sentro ng kalakalan, komersiyo, at turismo ng probinsya,” said Puno in a statement.

[Translation: Antipolo City should be recognized as the capital of Rizal Province because our local government is here and is also recognized as the province's center of trade, commerce, and tourism.]