LAOAG CITY, June 18 (PIA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared June 19 as a special non-working day in Laoag City in celebration of its 47th Charter Day.
Aquino issued the declaration through Proclamation no. 400 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on June 11 to give residents of Laoag full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
Laoag Mayor Michael Fariñas will lead the city government in marking the event with a string of activities beginning with a thanksgiving mass at the city auditorium before a formal program in front of the Laoag City Hall.
The city government will give back to the community with the distribution of 943 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino cash grants to select beneficiaries at the Land Bank of the Philippines office here.
Other activities lined up include a medical/dental mission at the city health office, a mini agri-fair at the city hall, and the distribution of mosquito traps to all village officials.
An evening concert is prepared at the Aurora Park before the fireworks display to cap the celebration.
As part of pre-Charter Day celebrations, the city government launched today various infrastructure projects, namely, a new female cell at the Laoag City Jail and new facilities at the Laoag City General Hospital such as a wellness center, a doctors’ lounge, dietary and laundry, and a food court.
Other projects that were launched today include road improvements: the GSIS road, Dungtal road, Salet-Bulangon road, and Barit road.
Laoag was organized as a town in 1585, becoming the first parish and first town in the northern portion of the old Ilocos – Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union.
On June 19, 1965, Laoag became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 4584. It has remained the capital city of Ilocos Norte. (ANL/CCA/PIA – Ilocos Norte)