MAYOR Jonas Cortes praised Monday, August 30, the unity and sacrifices of local officials, saying they have contributed greatly to the progress of Mandaue City.
The City celebrated Monday it 52nd Charter Day with a “Unity Flag Raising” ceremony held at the Cebu International Convention Center.
The flag raising ceremony was also attended by Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede, city councilors, Sixth District Representative Emmarie Lolypop Ouano-Dizon, and Provincial Board Members Thadeo "Jonkie" Ouano and Glenn Soco.
All the 27 barangay captains and all the department heads under the Mandaue City Government also participated in the activity.
In an interview, Cortes said that 52 years ago, the city's future was chartered by men and women who believe that making the small town into a city will amount to greater heights for all its residents.
He said the sacrifices of the city's ancestors have contributed to the progress of the city.
"We have this moral obligation sa pagpadayon sa gihimo sa nag-una nato nga katiguwangan nga padayonon ang pag-asenso a Mandaue City even in this challenging times," said Cortes.
He said the city now needs the cooperation of its constituents to achieve the unity that the city desired.
Its constituent's cooperation may start by abiding by the minimum health protocols, he said.
"Akong mensahe sa Mandauehanon nga bisan yano kang lungsuranon, naa gyuy mahimo sa atong pinanggang dakbayan. Cheers to the town we once was and the city that we have become," said Cortes.
After singing the national anthem, the participants also sang the city's anthem "Mandaue ang akong Dakbayan."
The Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, meanwhile, performed a "water salute" in front of the Mandaue Presidencia or the Mandaue City Hall as its way of celebrating the 52nd Charter Day of the city. (KFD)