Tuesday, October 19, is no longer a special non-working holiday in Bacolod City.
The Bacolod City government is reminding the public that Republic Act No. 11146, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018, already effectively moved Bacolod City’s Charter Day from October 19 to June 18 of every year, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office, said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that June 18 was the date when then President Manuel L. Quezon signed and approved Commonwealth Act 326, which officially created the City of Bacolod, thus, making the same date as the correct Charter Day of the city.
October 19, on the other hand, was the day of the inauguration of the first officials of Bacolod City, the mayor added.
“Many people are still fixated with the idea that October 19 is a public holiday,” Leonardia said.
It was Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya who filed House Bill 7044 on June 13, 2017, on the request of Leonardia, to rectify RA No. 7724, which erroneously set October 19 as the date for the celebration of Bacolod City’s Charter Day, the press release said.
With the correct date of Bacolod’s Charter Day, Leonardia had said that “history is set straight.”*