Cabuyao is the newest city in the province of Laguna after the ratification of the people who voted ‘yes’ in the plebiscite held on August 04, 2012.
According to Commission on Elections – CALABARZON director, Juanito Icaro, the final count in the plebiscite that determined the conversion of the former 1st class municipality into a city, revealed that 22,132 residents voted ‘yes’ while 2,538 voted ‘no’. But the total of these two figures only showed less than 20% of the registered voters of Cabuyao.
According to the Local Government Code of 1991, for a municipality to become a city, it has to meet at least two of the three requirements: land area of at least 100 square kilometers, an annual income of at least P100 million, and a population of at least 150,000.
Cabuyao’s population as of 2012 is 248,436 and its total land area is 43.30 square kilometers. So even if it’s not stated, you can assume that Cabuyao met two of the LGU Code of 1991 requirements – population and annual income.
Don’t doubt in the annual income as Cabuyao was 2011’s Richest Municipality in the Philippines because, according to Commission on Audit, Cabuyao has an annual income of P593,166,000. See related story here.
By virtue of Republic Act No. 10163, Cabuyao has been converted to a component city. But President Benigno Aquino, on May 16, 2012, already signed the executive order directing the conversion of Cabuyao to a component city even before a plebiscite was done.