Thursday, August 25, 2016

Batac seeks permanent declaration of Charter Day holiday

Staff reporter

Batac City—Officials here are seeking the permanent declaration of their Charter Day as a special non-working holiday in the city.

Batac mayor Albert D. Chua said he has signed the resolution requesting Rep. Imelda R. Marcos (Ilocos Norte, 2nd district) to file a bill at the House of Representatives declaring June 23 as Batac’s Charter Day and as a non-working holiday in the city.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod here earlier unanimously approved the said resolution. Batac councilors Bernardo K. Marders, Joel R. Garcia and Mary Coleen Columbia L. Cajigal were the main sponsors of the resolution.

The sponsors said Batac “deserves the declaration of its cityhood to be a non-working holiday for the people of Batac to have the chance to witness and participate in all the activities during the said celebration.”

In signing the resolution, Mr. Chua said the city needs a permanent declaration of the non-working holiday so everyone can join the celebration.

In the past years after its conversion into a city, the sitting mayor had to request the Philippine President yearly for the declaration of the celebration as a special non-working holiday in this city. The request is always granted.


Batac became a city in 2007, with then-mayor Jesus Nalupta Sr. the prime mover of its conversion. This year, the city celebrated its 9th Charter Day.

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