Leonar­dia: Best birth­day gift of Duterte for Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

“WE con­sid­ered this as a gift for the birth­day of Ba­colod City. After 80 years, we will now have our his­tory in proper or­der.”

This was stressed by Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia yes­ter­day after Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has signed Re­pub­lic Act No. 11146 that de­clares June 18 as the Ba­colod City Char­ter Day, mak­ing it a spe­cial non-work­ing hol­i­day in the city.

“I’m thank­ful to Pres­i­dent Duterte that he signed it and we con­sid­ered it as a gift for the birth­day of Ba­colod and I be­lieve that we have a spe­cial place on his heart,” Leonar­dia said.

Duterte at­tended the city’s Masskara Fes­ti­val for three con­sec­u­tive years since 2016.

“He (Duterte) is in­stru­men­tal to cor­rect the his­tory of Ba­colod. The Pres­i­dent will now be part and par­cel of the his­tory books of Ba­colod City,” he added.

The new law com­mem­o­rates the day when then pres­i­dent Manuel Que­zon signed and ap­proved into ef­fect Com­mon­wealth Act 326 that cre­ated the City of Ba­colod.

Ba­colod City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Greg Gasa­taya ear­lier said that the amended bill was filed after the dis­cov­ery that the City’s Char­ter was ac­tu­ally signed by Que­zon on June 18, 1938.

Oc­to­ber 19, on the other hand, was the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the first city of­fi­cials, for which Que­zon came to Ba­colod, he said.

On Septem­ber 10, 2018, the Se­nate unan­i­mously ap­proved the amended House Bill No. 7044 of Gasa­taya.

RA 11146 also pro­vides that the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the City of Ba­colod shall be com­mem­o­rated ev­ery Oc­to­ber

19 and that the high­lights of the Masskara Fes­ti­val shall be held on the fourth Sun­day of Oc­to­ber.

The mayor pointed out that the city’s spe­cial non-work­ing hol­i­day is now June 18 and not Oc­to­ber 19, which it was al­ready re­pealed or amended ac­cord­ingly.

Leonar­dia said that Oc­to­ber 19 is still an­other his­toric day in Ba­colod be­cause it was the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the city.

Mean­while, Leonar­dia said there will be a fire­works dis­play on the last day of the 80th an­niver­sary or the New Year’s count­down at the Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter.*

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