Mandaue sets aside P4.4 million for its Charter Day activities

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud (The Freeman) - August 5, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Mandaue City government has set aside P4.4 million for its month-long activities in line with the city's 49th Charter Day celebration.

 

With the theme "Level-up Mandaue," the city government continues to gear towards development and has been one of the most progressive cities in the region.

"Level-up Mandaue has been the battle cry of Mandaue's charter day for the last two years and it will still be adopted this year. We must not rest on (our) laurels of what we are having in Mandaue City," said City Treasurer Regal Oliva, adding that this remains a challenge to all Mandauehanons.

"We understand that while Mandaue's on top already in its game, we have to level it up more because, this time, we are not competing between  other cities in the Philippines but we are now competing with other cities globally," Oliva added.

Oliva also said they are trying to make the events more meaningful and more significant in terms of activities and participation from different sectors of the communities given that they will be celebrating the golden anniversary next year.

"The 49th Charter Day is actually a very significant event for Mandaue City because this is the eve of our golden anniversary," Oliva said.

City Councilor Carmelino "Jun" Del Mar told reporters that most of the highlights of the celebration will fall on August 29, such as a Holy Mass at the City Cultural and Sports Complex and the State of the City Address (SOCA) of Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing.

Del Mar said August 30 is a holiday and that there will be no work for its government employees.

"Because we wanted that on the 30th of August, which will be a holiday, wa gyud trabaho ang mga empleyado sa City Hall.  This will be a real holiday for the employees," said Del Mar, who chairs the executive committee of the Charter Day celebration.

Awarding of the deserving employees of the City Hall will also be done on the 29th, Del Mar added.

The city government has paired up with the Mandaue City Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (MCCI) which is also celebrating its business month.

Stanley Go, president of the MCCI, meanwhile said the celebration of the city government is timely as the business community celebrates Mandaue Business Month.

He said the charter day celebration shows the partnership between the city and the business community and that they have also prepared activities for the Mandauehanons.

"We have actually lined up different activities to help businesses to be competitive not just locally but globally," Go said.

One of the highlights of the business-related events is the business summit where different resource speakers from the government and notable business speakers as well as motivational speakers were invited.

Aside from the SOCA on the 30th, the city government is also set to break grounds for its new government center which is situated near the sports complex at 2 p.m., which will be followed by the city's taxpayers' night.

The new government center will soon stand and replace the dilapidated old public market that was destroyed by a magnitude 7. 2 earthquake in October 2013.

The government center is worth P1.5 billion and this building will be environment friendly.

This will house local and national government offices, including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. — GAN (FREEMAN)

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