06152024.Web Charter Day

The journey to cityhood for Cagayan de Oro began on 30 October 1946, with a joint resolution by the provincial board of Misamis Oriental and the municipal council of Cagayan proposing the town's elevation to a city. On 3 December 1946, the Municipal Board appropriated Php 1000 for a land survey and created a City Planning Committee. However, war rehabilitation hampered these plans.

On 2 June 1947, Municipal Resolution No 49 suggested chartering Cagayan and requested then-Congressman Pedro Baculio to sponsor a bill in Congress. Unfortunately, Congress adjourned before any action was taken.

After the November 1949 election, new officials revived the drive for cityhood. This time, Congressman Emmanuel N Pelaez, with support from Mayor Max Suniel and Councilor Waldo McVickers, introduced House Bill No 52, proposing cityhood for Cagayan.

The Congress of the Philippines approved the Pelaez Bill on 12 April 1950, and sent it to the Senate, which refined it in two months. Finally, on 15 June 1950, President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act 521, the city charter of Cagayan de Oro.

For us, Kagay-anons, the cityhood of Cagayan de Oro symbolizes more than just political recognition. It represents unity, progress, and the pursuit of betterment despite adversities. This achievement laid the foundation for Cagayan de Oro's growth and development, fostering a sense of pride and belonging among its residents.

Today, as Kagay-anons look back on that pivotal moment in 1950, we see a legacy of aspiration turned into reality, a city that stands as a beacon of opportunity and resilience. The charterhood of Cagayan de Oro is a cherished chapter in our history, reminding us that with determination and collaborative effort, great dreams can indeed come true.  

Happy 74th Charter Day, mga Kagay-anons!

- Ryan Albert Ignacius B Sanches (Faculty, GE-IDS)
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