Hagedorn wants March 30 declared as non-working holiday in Puerto Princesa to mark ‘City of the Living God’ declaration


Palawan Rep. Edward Hagedorn has filed a bill seeking to designate March 30 every year as a non-working holiday in Puerto Princesa in observance of the anniversary of its declaration as the “City of the Living God.”

Hagedorn filed it under House Bill 4885.

“Puerto Princesa City was given the title on June 4, 2012, through Sangguniang Panglungsod Resolution Nos. 770-2010 and 579-2012 and preceded by Executive Order No. 13,” said Hagedorn.

“It was made in view of the fact that the city is blessed with rich natural resources, opulent flora and fauna, and is home to one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature—the Puerto Princesa Underground River,” it added.

Hagedorn said that with all of Puerto Princesa’s beauty and attributes, the city is safely situated on the island, away from the ring of fire.

“Despite the thousands of recorded earthquakes in the country, none were felt in the city,” said the Palawan lawmaker.

“A safe haven with relatively fewer natural disasters, once a year, we must be able to remember, feel, and celebrate the higher power that fortifies the ‘City of the Living God’,” he said.

The measure is co-introduced with Eddie Villanueva of the CIBAC Party List. It is based on the one filed in the 16th Congress, sponsored by Rep. Douglas S. Hagedorn.

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