City celebrates its 75th Charter Day

Senator Mark Villar attended the 75th Charter anniversary of Calbayog City on Oct.16 saying he is happy to see the Samar city’s continued economic progress.Also in photo are Gov. Sharee Ann Tan, Rep. Stephen James Tan, and Mayor Raymund Uy. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY– Senator Mark Villar said that he is happy to see that Calbayog City is now emerging as one of the country’s developing cities.

Villar made this remark as he graced the 75th Charter Day celebration on October 16, joining local officials led by Governor Sharee Ann Tan, Rep. Stephen James Tan, and City Mayor Raymund Uy.

“In the past 75 years since Calbayog became a full-fledged city, we have seen the development of the economy and infrastructure here. Now that we are celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of Calbayog, I am happy to be a part of your celebration because I have also witnessed the development of the city,” the senator said.

He added: “I am happy to see the people of Calbayog who are giving vitality and life to the city. Our celebration today is a celebration of your continued love and dedication for our beautiful city.”

This year’s diamond anniversary carried the theme “Handumanan San Calbayog: Embracing Calbayog’s Legacy.”

During his term as the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Villar said that several multiple infrastructure projects in Calbayog City were undertaken like multi-purpose buildings, by-pass roads, and diversion roads.

One of these major projects was the construction of the Calbayog coastal road which connected two barangays and reduced the traffic in the city proper.

“These infrastructures have become a bridge to speed up transportation here in Calbayog and pave the way for economic opportunities for the people of Calbayog,” Villar said.

Calbayog was made a city through Republic Act No. 328 or the Charter of the City of Calbayog when President Manuel Roxas signed it on July 15, 1948. However, the city celebrates its anniversary every 16th of October as it marks the first election of its city officials in the same year they attained their cityhood.