Economic activities are projected to rise in the Municipality of Kananga, Leyte, under the leadership of Mayor Manuel Vincent ”Matt” Torres, Vice Mayor Miguel Jorge Tan, members of the Kananga Development Team, 4th District of Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, and board members Caren Jean Torres-Rama and Mesias ”Indoy” Arevalo.
In the July 23 episode of Krusada, program host Atty. Adelito Solibaga shared the reported plan of Kananga to aim for cityhood. He added that Mayor Matt is passionate about wanting the first class municipality to be converted into a city.
For starters, a municipality needs to have a minimum of P100 million local annual income for three consecutive years and a population of at least 150,000 to qualify for cityhood.
The League of Cities in the Philippines raised its requirements for cityhood to prevent towns from becoming cities for this will reduce the share of the Internal Revenue Allotment.
Kananga, which shares a home to Energy Development Corporation’s Tongonan Geothermal Powerplant in Ormoc City — one of the largest geothermal powerplants in the Philippines, earned a total of 191 million local annual income in 2016.
As for its population, the 2015 official government population census showed that Kananga had a population of 56,575.
Kananga’s income is predicted to surpass the P100-million mark since commercial firms are starting to settle here. In fact, on September 30, 2018, the fourth PureGold branch in Eastern Visayas opened to serve the Kanangahanons.
Mayor Matt Torres is also said to be working on the relocation of the local government center as part of efforts to ease traffic congestion in the town proper.