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Why Was Vico's Pasig the Capital of Rizal When It Wasn't Even in Rizal?

For 33 years, Rizal's residents had to go all the way to Kapitolyo in Pasig for their provincial transactions.
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On June 19, President Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11475, which officially transferred the capital of Rizal from Pasig City to Antipolo City.

For over 40 years, Pasig had been the legal capital of the province because of an oversight made in 1975. 

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In 1975, President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Decree 824, which created the Metro Manila region. Pasig was among the municipalities that made up the region.

Pasig was one of the 29 municipalities in Rizal when the latter was officially declared a province in 1901. Since then, Pasig had been under the territorial and political jurisdiction of Metro Manila until 1975. 

But the problem was that Pasig was also the capital of Rizal Province. With the decree haphazardly conceived, the entire province was alienated from its own seat of government.

For 33 years, Rizal's residents had to go all the way to Kapitolyo in Pasig for their provincial government transactions and errands. It was only in 2009 when a new provincial capitol was built in Antipolo.

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The new capitol lies on a sprawling five-hectare property. The provincial government spent P270 million to construct a new capitol building in Antipolo to serve as the de jure seat of government of Rizal Province.

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With a new law enacted, the new provincial capitol located in the City of Antipolo shall be deemed as the official Provincial Government Center where all provincial offices shall be established.

The official transfer of the capitol from Pasig to Antipolo is not merely ceremonial. It is expected to spur economic growth as more provincial offices move to the five-hectare capitol complex developed in Antipolo in 2009.

And no, Vico Sotto did not run the government of Rizal Province, but we know a lot of people who want him to be their mayor too. 

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