Batac Declares June 23 as Cityhood Day

BATAC CITY — The Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city declared June 23 as the anniversary date of their cityhood as they prepare to establish a commission that would undertake organization of various activities in the celebration with corresponding appropriation of funds.

The measure, City Ordinance No. 2007-15, was jointly sponsored by Councilors Bismark Quidang, Bernardo Marders, Mary Colleen Columbia Cajigal and Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta.

The Ilocos Times learned that this has been a clamor of most local residents to commemorate the conversion of the erstwhile municipality into a component city.

According to Nalupta, an estimated 90 percent of Batac residents voted for the conversion of Batac into a city during the plebiscite held June 23, 2007 and the declaration of the said date as their cityhood day was a welcome development for those who worked hard for the conversion.

The said measure creates a commission to be chaired by Batac Mayor Jeffrey Nalupta, or any government official to be designated by the mayor through an Executive Order, to plan various activities in the celebration of the anniversary.

The vice mayor said the city council is ready to support the measure, especially in the approval of funding for the celebration.

Meanwhile, Quidang said they are also poised to pass another resolution this time requesting Rep. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (2nd district, Ilocos Norte) to sponsor a bill in Congress to declare Batac’s cityhood anniversary date as a holiday.

Should this be declared a holiday, Quidang said the celebration would be properly attended by the people of Batac, both from the government and private sectors, as well as students and pupils.

The celebration aims to commemorate the conversion of Batac into a city.
In the same resolution P200,000 shall be incorporated into the annual budget to defray celebration expenses.

Nalupta is hopeful that the said appropriation would be included on next year’s budget. - From The Ilocos Times by Dominic B. de la Cruz

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