Taguig will be marking its 10th cityhood anniversary this coming December 8, Monday.
The day has been declared by President Benigno Aquino III as a special non-working holiday through Proclamation 914, which Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa signed on his behalf last November 13. Read the full text of Proclamation 914 here.
Republic Act 8487, which paved the way for the conversion of Taguig from a municipality into a highly urbanized city, was enacted during the term of then-President Joseph Estrada in 1998. Read more about RA 8487 here.
Taguig’s march toward becoming a city didn’t go as smoothly as planned, however. RA 8487 mandated that a plebiscite be held to determine if residents of Taguig City to determine if they are in favor of the initiative.
It was initially determined that the “no” side won the plebiscite. After almost six years, the Commission on Elections reversed the declared outcome, citing irregularities in the voting and counting process.Taguig officially became a city in December 8, 2004. The Supreme Court affirmed this in a 2006 ruling.
As a historical background, Taguig used to be part of Rizal. In 1975, Taguig, together with Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig, Pateros, Parañaque, Marikina, and Muntinlupa were separated from Rizal to be part of Metropolitan Manila as stipulated in Presidential Decree 824 (all except Pateros have now been converted into cities). Keep in mind that back then, President Ferdinand Marcos has both executive and legislative powers.