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Quirino's grandson graces 60th Adlaw sa Iligan

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (21 June) -- President Elpidio R. Quirino, the sixth President of the Philippines, signed into law Republic Act 525 on June 16, 1950, providing for the creation of then municipality of Iligan into a chartered city.

Alfonso Quirino, the presidential grandson representing the Quirino family, received the posthumous honor, in humble recognition the City has given to President Elpidio R. Quirino, during the commemorative program at the Iligan City Freedom Park on 16th June, which marks this year's 60th lligan Charter Day celebration.

In both historical and landmark events that ushered in a new era for Iligan, my grandfather has made all of the events possible and we felt honored by your invitation to be with you in this momentous event, expressed Alfonso Quirino in a short message.

The administration of Pres. Quirino, who succeeded President Roxas in 1948, pursued the Maria Cristina Hydroelectric Plant project, with a companion fertilizer plant to absorb the larger bulk of power generated through domestic financing.

In 1949, the Central Bank, which was founded in the same year, released to National Power Corporation (NPC) the amount of P16 million. The loan would finance the first of the five generating units of Maria Cristina power plant and the first of the two units of the ammonium sulphate fertilizer plant.

Actual construction began in August 1950. Pres. Quirino accompanied by his daughter and some cabinet officials visited iligan on December 1951 to unveil a marker of the Maria Cristina Falls development project.

This manifested the importance his administration attached to the projects. The marker is situated in the old NPC housing just above the famous falls. (PIA LDN) [top]

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