General Santos marks charter anniversary on original date

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GENERAL SANTOS City Councilor Shandee Odi Llido-Pestaño, chairman of the city council’s tourism committee, said they had approved a joint resolution that puts back the exact date of the GenSan charter anniversary as June 15 instead of September 5, the date that city residents used to celebrate it. She added that the GenSan charter under Republic Act 5412 was approved on June 15, 1968 during the time of then-President Ferdinand Marcos and so the city should mark it on this date. “As committee chairman, I have to correct this. We don’t want historical fact to be twisted so we should celebrate the real date when GenSan became a chartered city,” Pestaño said. The June 15 city charter anniversary, which was led by Mayor Ronnel Rivera, was observed with a civic military parade. It was held in coordination with the Department of Education, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and private groups and establishments. In the past, the anniversary was marked on September 5 when it was highlighted by the annual celebration of the week-long Tuan Festival. Councilor Rosalita Nunez said it is important for the city to appropriately celebrate its Charter Day on June 15. Councilor Lourdes Casabuena echoed this observation saying, “What is important is the significance of the event. We have to make it right with history this time.”

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