Climaco files bill declaring Feb. 26 a holiday in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 February 2012 13:33

House Deputy Speaker Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar of District 1 has filed a bill in the Lower House of Congress that seeks to declare February 26 of every year a non-working holiday in Zamboanga in commemoration of the city’s Charter Day or Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Climaco said her filed Bill No. 5656 known as “An Act Declaring February 26 of Every Year a Non-Working Holiday in Zamboanga City in Commemoration of its Declaration as a Chartered City to be Known as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga” is deemed approved by the House of Representatives.

“This will help preserve the significance of Zamboanga’s Charter Day,” Climaco said, adding that in the past, Feb 26 was declared a non-working holiday in Zamboanga City only through a Presidential Proclamation upon request of the city government. “This time, it will be a law.”

Climaco’s initiative came in time for the grand celebration yesterday of the city’s 75th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga with Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq as keynote speaker during the commemorative program at the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan.

The commemorative program was preceded by a civic-military parade from City Hall to the grandstand. Since it was a Sunday, City Hall did not anymore seek a Malacanang declaration of a holiday in Zamboanga.

The Dia de Zamboanga celebration takes its beginning 75 years ago in 1937 when the city’s first appointed officials headed by then Mayor Nicasio Valderrosa were sworn to office.

Furthermore, Commonwealth Act 139, otherwise known as the Charter of the City of Zamboanga, was approved on October 12, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. The celebration of Dia de Zamboanga every February 26 is based on City Council Resolution 669 approved on Oct. 15, 1986, declaring February 26, 1987 as the 50th Anniversary of the formal inauguration of Zamboanga as a chartered city and proclaiming February 26th of every year as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga. — Marvin Segura