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Twenty years after! Mayor Panaligan remembers the day Calapan was converted into a city

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Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan has taken a trip down memory lane as he reminisced the day Calapan was converted into a city from a municipality 20 years ago.

Mayor Panaligan shared a photo taken on February 2, 1998 showing then President Fidel V. Ramos signing the law which made Calapan a city.

“Flashback: 20 years ago today, February 2, 1998, Republic Act No. 8475 creating the City of Calapan was signed by President Fidel V. Ramos in Malacanang Palace,” the mayor said in a post in his official Facebook page.

Panaligan, dubbed as the City Builder, was then a municipal mayor.

Within a span of 20 years, Panaligan has served as a Governor for the Oriental Mindoro province for nine years from 2004 to 2013. He was elected as the city mayor anew in 2013.

“The author of the law that made Calapan a city was Representative Renato V. Leviste of the First District of Oriental Mindoro (left of President Ramos),” he said.

“Then Municipal Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan (standing behind at the right of President Ramos), became the first City Mayor of Calapan when Republic Act No. 8475 was ratified by the people of the new city in a plebiscite held on March 21, 1998 which became the founding day of the City of Calapan,” he added.

Panaligan said that after 20 years, Calapan City continues to develop and is becoming more progressive day by day.

“After 20 years, the people of Calapan City can truly be proud of the progress that their city has achieved since that fateful day 20 years ago,” he said.