December 8 2012 Taguig City holiday

Taguig will be marking the 14th cityhood anniversary this December 8. On that day in 1998, President Joseph Estrada signed Republic Act 8487, the law that paved the way for Taguig’s conversion into a city. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to declare the said day, which this year falls on a Saturday, as a special non-working holiday just like last year through Proclamation 298. The city government may also issue a declaration to that effect on its own.

Formerly a part of Rizal province, Taguig became a part of the National Capital Region in 1975 through Presidential Declaration 824 which was crafted by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. A year after the passage of RA 8487 in 1998, a plebiscite was conducted to determine whether the residents of Taguig are willing to have their municipality converted into a city.

Official seal of City of Taguig
Official seal of the City of Taguig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The initiative narrowly failed, and the plebiscite result was challenged before the Supreme Court. The SC, after almost five years, decided that those in favor of converting Taguig into a city actually won the vote.  This decision was reaffirmed by the high court in a 2006 ruling.

UPDATE, 12-07-2012 (2PM)-> In response to a phone query, the office of Mayor Lani Cayetano said that Malacanang is yet to issue a proclamation declaring December 8 of this year as a holiday although the city will mark its foundation anniversary tomorrow with a fireworks display in Lower Bicutan by night time.

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5 Comments on December 8 2012 Taguig City holiday

  1. wla namang proclamation about taguig day. just because it december 8 falls on saturday at walang pasok ang govt office, wla man lang application for non working holiday para sa mga private institution… kalungkot naman para sa mga private employee ng taguig.

  2. hey pnoy were waiting if this is a holiday esp for us in call centers lagi nlang yang mga local buisnesses n yan may announcement ka

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