MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog encouraged everyone to support the 80th Charter Day celebration which will kick off with a launching program at the Iloilo City Hall on July 17, 2017.
The 40-day celebration will start with a 7 a.m, mass at San Jose Placer Parish Church to be followed by a parade around Plaza Libertad to be participated by City Government employees, barangay officials, school officials, and marching bands, among others.
A carousel-type streetdance parade competition around downtown will be staged on the climax event on Aug. 25.
“This time will also give meaning and will call on all Ilonggos to cooperate, partner, and collaborate with the City Government in various programs to ensure the success of every endeavor that would benefit everybody, especially the underprivileged,” said Mabilog.
The highlight Charter Day Ball on Aug. 24 will recognize outstanding Ilonggos and employees of City Hall, he added.
The City Tourism and Development Office has lined up various activities for the month-long celebration.
In 80 years as a Chartered City, being resilient despite the many disasters is one of the biggest achievements of the residents, said Mabilog.
“We have seen what Iloilo City is today compared to what it was before. So this means whatever it takes, as long as you are an Ilonggo, there is always unity among us,” stressed Mabilog.
“For the past years, Ilonggos have also shown how intelligent they are through making different strategic developmental plans and that they have the political will to implement what is morally right rather than what is politically correct on various programs here in the city, especially through the restoration of our Iloilo River,” the mayor added.
Iloilo City is now closed to achieving its dream to become a globally competitive city, exclaimed Mabilog.
“We have seen the recent development and growth in the city especially on infrastructure. We are hoping to position ourselves to be a local government unit that is globally competitive and if I were to ask where we are now, we are almost there. Doing everything that we can do to achieve our dream to be a Premier SMART City of Excellence that is globally competitive,” said Mabilog.
As the city’s vision, SMART stands for Services, Manufacturing and agri-business, Arts and culture, Research and technology, and Tourism as priority potential areas of investments and inclusive growth. (Iloilo City PIO)