Tacloban celebrates 8th HUC Anniversary
Tacloban City – Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez will lead celebration of the 8th Anniversary of Tacloban’s conversion into a Highly Urbanized City (HUC), on December 18-19, 2016.
The celebration will be highlighted with an HUC Run organized by the City Sports Office (CSO).
According City Sports Chief Joel Bugho the event dubbed HUC Commemorative Run 2016 will be the single big event for the HUC Day celebration on Sunday
Bugho said the Fun Run which will start 2:00 am at the City Hall Grounds will include four categories for men and women that is 42 K, 22 K, 10 k, and 3 k. Participants who will register for the event will receive Singlet, loot bags, and finisher Shirts; while winners will receive cash prizes and medals.
During the event 3 cell phones will be raffled off compliments of Smart Communications.
Sponsors for the event include Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda K. Romualdez, QRJ and USAID.
TOMECO, ACCESS 5, BFP, TACRU, Red Cross Delta, ACCESS 5, Basketball Association of the Philippines will serve as Marshalls during the event. Bugho said the City Government plans to make the Fun Run a regular event during HUC Day.
Meantime, a citywide Clean-up Drive to be participated by City Hall employees will precede a Thanksgiving Mass at the Sto. Niño Church at 9:30 am on Sunday.
Other activities slated for the HUC Anniversary are the Recognition Program for the Top Ten Real Property and Business Taxpayers of the City and the distribution of food packs worth 1,500 pesos to 100 indigent senior citizens wait-listed for the Social Pension program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office on Monday, December 19.
For the eight years that Tacloban has been an HUC, the City has received numerous National and Regional Awards and Citations recognizing its exemplary performance and programs. Economic progress has likewise become evident in the City in the past years with the influx of various businesses and improved infrastructures, this is despite the City experiencing a downside after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Former Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez worked for the conversion of Tacloban as an HUC during his first term as Chief Executive. Tacloban became an HUC after an overwhelming number of Taclobanons voted for its conversion in a plebiscite held December 18, 2008. (Henry James G. Roca/CIO)