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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 21, 2012


Santa Rosa marks 220th year, celebrates people’s spirit and a year of excellence

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, January 21 (PIA) -- From a cub to a roaring lion, this is how City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas equated the growth of Santa Rosa from a municipality dependent on agriculture to a progressive city bustling with industries and commercial establishments.

“Today, January 18, we are not only celebrating our 220th founding anniversary but we are also celebrating the spirit of our people, the people who worked hard for Santa Rosa to become what it is now – the Lion City of the region,” Arcillas said.

She also said the past year has been a very good year for the city.

Major achievements include landmark legislations such as City Ordinance No. 1675-2011, otherwise known as the City of Santa Rosa Revenue Code. In October 2011, the city started implementing the new schedule of rates of taxes, fees and charges. The new revenue code revised the 1992 Revenue Tax Code, which has not been amended nor revised for 19 years.

Another considered as milestone legislation is City Ordinance No. 1720-2011 or the CityEnvironment Code. A first in Laguna, the code is a comprehensive compilation of rules and regulations to effectively manage the environment in the City of Santa Rosa thereby helping mitigate climate change and other environmental problems.

The Environment Code has provisions for land resources management, air quality and noise management and energy saving practices, water resources management, integrated waste management, and institutional mechanisms. Also included in the code are the provisions in the prohibition of the use of plastics and styrofoam.

There were also reforms in governance and efficient delivery of basic services backed by the awards received. “Truly this has been a year of excellence,” she added.

Year 2011 was also capped by the highest honor a government official can receive in the performance of duty. Mayor Arcillas is now officially included in the list of public servants, who are “models of honor, excellence and integrity in public service” as she received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award last November 9, 2011 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.

For dedication and commitment towards transparency and accountability, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping to the city December 13, 2011. According to Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who personally handed the award to Mayor Arcillas, the Seal is for achieving the first level in transparency and accountability.

Recently, the city is among the five cities in the Philippines cited in the top 100 destinations for information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) services in a report by technology investment and research firm Tholons. Santa Rosa ranked 86th after Metro Manila 4th, Cebu City 9th and Davao City 69th while Iloilo City is ranked 92nd.

Arcillas shared some of the priority projects the city is bound to take this year which include the planned convention cum sports center that will promote the city as a cultural, sports and recreation area and the Aplaya de Santa Rosa Waterfront Development Project set for take-off once approved and endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) CALABARZON; the Flood Control and Drainage Master Plan, component of which is the hazard and vulnerability assessment of Santa Rosa as major input in updating the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) incorporating the disaster risk reduction management; and the socialized housing project for the city’s informal settlers.

Every January 18, the city celebrates ‘Sikhayan Festival’ in conjunction with its Founding Anniversary.

‘Sikhayan,’ stands for ‘Pagsisikap sa Kabuhayan,’ is an annual event celebrating the Rosenians’ spirit of enterprise that has, through the decades, fueled the city’s economic growth. The event was highlighted by the annual street dance competition participated in by eight public elementary schools.

Governor George “ER” Ejercito-Estregan with wife Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito, Vice Governor Caesar Perez, Board Members Emil Tiongco and Carlo Almoro, and Provincial Administrator Atty. Leonardo Ragaza Jr. graced the significant event while guest performers include Yeng Constantino, Alden Richards, Sarah Lahbati and Derrick Monaste. (PIO-Sta. Rosa/ACO, PIA-Laguna)

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