Braganza’s SOCA to highlight the 6th cityhood anniversary
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza is set to deliver his highly anticipated State of the City Address (SOCA) on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at the Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium.
The Mayor’s SOCA will be one of the highlights of the celebration of the city’s 6th charter day anniversary.
Braganza is expected to cite the continuing developments in Alaminos City that are intended not just for the welfare of his citymates but also for the common good of the businessmen, investors and tourists alike.
He will also state all the laudable initiatives and projects that have been completed or accomplished so far by his administration.
The former two-term congressman will likewise reveal his future plans and programs anchored on his 10-Point Agenda to sustain the city’s socio-economic gains.
Invited as the affair’s guest of honor and speaker is three-term Governor Victor E. Agbayani, accompanied by his wife-Dr. Jaime M. Agbayani.
Also gracing the affair, which will commence at exactly 2 PM, are the former mayors and current city officials and the chief executives of nearby towns in the district.
Other activities lined-up for the said occasion includes the recognition rites for the Ilocos Region Athletic (IRAA) Meet medalists, the Bayanihan Integrated Program for Sustainable Agriculture (BIPSA) awardees, and the LGU-Family honorees.
The top three schools in the recent folk dance competition held at the city’s central business district will showcase anew their winning numbers.
While, the grand champions in this year’s Family Trade House Amateur Singing Contest will also have a repeat performance before another jam-packed crowd.
Lucky attendees will also have a chance to bring home some of the gift items which will be given away in a raffle draw.
The charter anniversary celebration, though, will never be complete without the Pasasalamat Night to honor who were behind the major transformation of Alaminos into first class town to a component city and soon to be a global city.
Alaminos became the fourth city in the province on March 5, 2001 when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act 9025 converting the town into a component city at Kalayaan Hall, Malacañan Palace.
On March 28, majority of the Alaminians ratified the city charter and marked the beginning of the major turn-around of this home of the Hundred Islands National Park.
Braganza, who was then the representative of the first district to the 10 and 11th Congress, authored separate house bills for the conversion of Alaminos into a component city.
With the support coming from then municipal officials headed by former mayors Eduardo Fontelera and Leon Rivera, Jr., Braganza pursued the cityhood bid all the way to the Senate.
And the years of waiting, all the sacrifices, hard work and prayers paid-off for in just a matter of months, Senate Bill 2257 was passed and signed into law by the President.
Finally, the overwhelming vote of affirmation by the city residents in a plebiscite sealed the town’s fate of becoming the future progressive and great metropolis in the country-which has long been an utmost dream and aspiration of the past and present leaders of the city and every truly bloodied-Alaminian. (CIO)