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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Duterte okís June 18
Bacolod Charter Day

 

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, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said last night.

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

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya had filed House Bill 7044 on June 13, 2017, upon the request of Leonardia, to correct Republic Act 7724 that erroneously set October 19 as the date for the celebration of the Charter Day of Bacolod City.

Gasataya said 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 added.

Leonardia thanked Gasataya for pursuing the bill. This will, once and for all, correct the erroneous date of the Charter Day celebration in Bacolod, he added.

“After 80 years, we will now have our history in proper order,” the mayor said.

In her Dec. 5 letter to Leonardia, Concepcion Zeny Ferrolino-Enad, director of the Malacañang Records Office, said she is furnishing the mayor a certified copy of RA 11146, that was approved by Duterte on November 9.

RA 11146 declares June 18 of every year as a “special non-working holiday in the City of Bacolod” to be known as the “Bacolod City Charter Day.

The Senate unanimously approved the amended House Bill No. 7044 of Gasataya on September 10.

RA 11146 also provides that the inauguration of Bacolod City be commemorated every October 19, and that the highlights of the MassKara Festival shall be held on the fourth Sunday of October.*

 

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