Oc­to­ber 19 spe­cial non-work­ing hol­i­day in Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

OC­TO­BER 19 is still a spe­cial non-work­ing pub­lic hol­i­day in Ba­colod City.

Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran said yes­ter­day that the newly ap­proved House Bill (HB) No.7044 declar­ing June 18 as Ba­colod City’s Char­ter Day has not been signed as a law yet.

He cited the le­gal opin­ion issued by City Le­gal Officer Joselito Bay­atan, who said that Section 2 of Repub­lic Act (RA) 7724, or the Ba­colod City Char­ter Day, stated that Oc­to­ber 19 of every year is de­clared as a spe­cial non-work­ing hol­i­day in the City of Ba­colod, which is clearly self-ex­ecu­tory.

“Although there is the HB No. 7044 en­acted by both the Se­nate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, ap­proved on Septem­ber 19, 2018, and the same is now with the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent for sign­ing pend­ing such fi­nal act and the sub­se­quent pub­li­ca­tion to have such Bill a mat­ter of law, the afore­cited Section 2 of RA 7724 re­mains ap­pli­ca­ble until re­pealed by the new law chang­ing the char­ter cel­e­bra­tion to June 18 of every year,” Bay­atan added.

Last month, 20 sen­a­tors voted in fa­vor of the HB 7044 declar­ing June 18 as the Ba­colod City Char­ter Day. This also means the city’s in­au­gu­ra­tion will be com­mem­o­rated every Oc­to­ber 19 while the Masskara Fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brated every fourth Sun­day of Oc­to­ber.

Fa­mil­iaran said hope­fully by next year, June 18 will be the city’s of­fi­cial non-work­ing pub­lic hol­i­day in­stead of Oc­to­ber 19.

He said they were ad­vised by Sen­a­tor Juan Miguel Zu­biri that the ap­proved bill was al­ready for­warded to the of­fice of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

“We will wait until it will be signed by the Pres­i­dent, but for now, Oc­to­ber 19 is still a non-work­ing hol­i­day,” he added.*

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