Bisliganons virtually celebrate city's centennial anniv  

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 11 (PIA) – The Bisliganons commemorated the centennial years of the city in time of the New Year’s day through a virtual program and showed that the pandemic was not a hindrance for them.

The celebration was anchored on its theme: “Celebrating life and heritage with thanksgiving,” as they wanted to be reflected in the new generations.

In a video presentation, the origin of the people, the treasure of its heritage and richness of their culture, the tradition, and the natural resources were highlighted, and elaborated, to recall how the city of Bislig begun, struggled during the darkest hour, and how the community slowly rise again to present situation.

According to Mayor Garay, Bislig was inaugurated on January 1, 1921, as the new municipality, after separated from its mother municipality of Hinatuan.

"Founded on December 28, 1920, by virtue of Executive Order No. 62 issued by Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison with the late Primitivo Castillo as the first Municipal President,” Mayor Garay said.

Garay added, that on January 1, 1921, the inauguration of the new municipality of Bislig was celebrated.

In July 2000, another milestone in the life of the municipality of Bislig was uncovered by its conversion into a component city. By virtue of Republic Act 8804, it was unanimously approved by the people in a plebiscite on September 18, 2000.

The biggest paper industry in the nation as well as in South Asia known as Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) was the source of livelihood of most people in the area, established in 1963. The productive years of its operations through the years had significantly contributed to the development of the socio-economic conditions of the municipality of Bislig.

In 2006, the local economy of Bislig City has affected as PICOP now PRI Resource Incorporated (PRI) operations shutdown. It was a great loss to the community as the problem of unemployment surfaced.

Bisliganon’s by nature stood up, according to Mayor Garay, to resolve and confront the problems by pursuing some recovery measures like programs, projects, and activities that from time-to-time regain the economic statute of the city.

Second District Representative Johnny Pimentel, in his message, said that the implementation of several projects and programs of the local executives who held the position through the years were able to recover from the darkest hour.

Rep. Pimentel has also done his part, to help Bislig City to rise again as he became a representative of the 2nd District of this province. He helped in the allocation of almost P7 Billion worth of infrastructure projects intended for the economic growth of Bislig City. While another 2B projects will soon be implemented for 2021.

“We hope to invite investors, and we hope that economic progress will come into our district,” said Rep. Pimentel.

Governor Alexander Pimentel has also extended his greetings to the local officials and people of Bislig via phone patch as they celebrated its 100 years.

“Despite the ongoing crisis brought bout by the COVID-19 pandemic, you remain steadfast and committed towards achieving prosperity and development in your city… Happy Centennial Anniversary,” said Gov. Pimentel.

Meanwhile, the “Sindac Anib” of Andres Soriano Colleges of Bislig added the colors to the celebrations as they showcased their talents through a video presentation. The Sindac Anib won in a Kadayawan Festival, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan sa Davao City, and proclaimed as 2nd place during the Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in Surigao City. (DMNR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

 

 

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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