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Samar capital marks 10th year as city

Catbalogan City marked its 10th Charter Day Anniversary.

Interviewed by the Philippine News Agency, city administrator Dennis Cosmod said the local government lined up activities to help locals become more aware of health and wellness, as well as the value of education and poverty reduction.

“In our 10th year as a city, we stand, look back and marvel how far we have come, we can also look forward to a new peaks ahead. It hasn’t been an easy journey for us. But we aspire to do better for ourselves and our children,” Cosmod was quoted as saying by the PNA.

The city is the capital of Samar province and home to 103,879 people. It is one of the 16 towns that applied for cityhood status which was approved by the Senate in February 2007. The residents ratified this change through a plebiscite on June 16, 2007 with over 92 percent “Yes” votes for cityhood.

In November 2008, the city temporarily lost its cityhood status after the Supreme Court granted a petition filed by the League of Cities of the Philippines, and declared unconstitutional the cityhood law. But on April 12, 2011, the Supreme Court, in an en banc ruling, affirmed the finality of the constitutionality of the 16 cityhood laws.

Highlights of the celebration was the seven-kilometer “Walk for Peace” for all city government employees, local government officials, students, non-government organizations, people’s organization, teachers, military, police, and other private groups and establishments to Pupua village for the Mangrove plantation in its coastal areas.

Another event was the five-kilometer “Eskolarun”, a benefit run for its 30 city government scholars.

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