Araw ng San Juan holiday – March 27 2013

Residents of San Juan City will have five consecutive non-working days toward the end of March. That Metro Manila city will mark the 106th anniversary of its formation as a municipality this March 27.

The anniversary, which this year coincides with Holy Wednesday, is a special non-working holiday throughout the city as mandated by Republic Act 7669. RA 7669 became a law in 1994, during the time of then-President Fidel V. Ramos. Read the full text of RA 7669 here.

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Map of San Juan City, Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Juan became an independent municipality through Philippine Commission Act 1625, which was signed in 1907. It took a century before San Juan was converted into city because of problems like unstable population and limited income. San Juan’s bid to become a city gained impetus during the tenure of Mayor Joseph Victor (JV) Ejercito.

As early as 2001, Ejercito announced his goal of turning San Juan into a city under his watch. San Juan’s city charter, also known as RA 9388, passed both houses of Congress in early 2007.  Residents of San Juan overwhelmingly voted in favor of the charter in a plebiscite held later that year.

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