Residents and officials in this city are taking a day-off from their daily routine on Monday, June 19 as Laoag celebrates its 52nd foundation anniversary.

Proclamation No. 226 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte declared June 19 as a non-working holiday.

Attended by city hall employees and officials, representatives from various national government agencies, non-government organizations and other stakeholders, this year’s celebration highlights the symbolic releasing of doves and balloons as a way of expressing gratitude for another year of success amid the loss of about Php 90 million from the city coffers last year.

For a year now, Laoag residents are still searching for answers as to what really happened behind the loss of multi-million funds under the administration of Mayor Chevylle Fariñas while praying for missing Laoag treasurer Elena Asuncion to come out soon and shed light on the issue.

“Silence does not mean weakness,” Fariñas said in her speech on Laoag’s Charter Day celebration, expressing gratitude for the difficulties that came along under her administration.

“My heart is full of gratitude for the unconditional love that you have shown us. Thank you for the trials/struggles. It made all of us united, courageous and stronger,” she added.

Fariñas urged all residents to continue inspiring and supporting each other as she opined, “greater things are on the way for Laoag for as long as we hold on together.”

Laoag’s Charter Day celebration also comes with more meaning as today is also the birth anniversary of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. (PNA)