June 22, 2017 - Last Thursday, the General Santos City celebrated its annual Charter Day Anniversary, albeit with slight changes.
The Local Government of General Santos City, led by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, celebrated the city’s 49th City Charter Anniversary – a celebration done for the first time on June 15, not the usual September 5.
The City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, accompanied by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles and City Councilors Lourdes Casabuena, Elizabeth Bagonoc, and Shandee Llido-Pestaño, headed the commemoration of the city charter – flag-hoisting and laying of flowers beneath the statue of General Paulino Santos.
He expressed his hope for a golden 50th-anniversary celebration next year.
During the closing remarks, the Vice Mayor briefly narrated the timeline on the changing of the celebration’s date.
She explained that during the 2013 Codification project of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, it was discovered that the basis for the September 5 celebration is a “1968 city resolution celebrating the inauguration of the new city,” which was followed by Ordinance Number 12 series of 1968 which declared the date as the annual celebration of the city’s charter.
On the other hand, the basis for the new date – June 15 – is the approval and effectivity of the Republic Act 5412 titled, “Charter of the City of General Santos,” signed by former President Ferdinand Marcos.
- Hezekiah Kit Sales Canlas/VMO