Antipolo City is now "the Official Capital" of Rizal Province - President Duterte

Provincial Capitol of Rizal in Antipolo City
Provincial Capitol of Rizal Province in Antipolo City. 

President Duterte transfers capital, seat of gov’t of Rizal from Pasig City to Antipolo City

President Rodrigo Duterte approved Republic Act 11475 on June 19, 2020 transferring the capital and seat of government of Rizal province from Pasig City to Antipolo City according to a copy of the law released to the press Monday.

According to the law, the present provincial capitol located in Antipolo City shall be deemed as the official provincial government center “Upon the effectivity of this Act, the present Provincial Capitol located in the City of Antipolo, where all the provincial offices shall be established,” the law stated.

The law shall be effective 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in the Official Gazette.

Pasig City was among the towns included in Rizal when it was declared a province in 1901. The province of Rizal was created in June 1901 with Pasig as the seat of government through Act 137, which was passed by the first Philippine Commission under American colonial rule.

Several local government units, including Pasig, were removed from Rizal after then-President Ferdinand Marcos created Metro Manila in 1975. However, Pasig remained to be the official capital of Rizal, pushing lawmakers to pass the measure

In 1975, Pasig City was taken out of Rizal’s jurisdiction and became part of Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, it was in 2009 when Antipolo served as the de facto capital of Rizal province after the establishment of the provincial capitol building in the city.

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