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PIA Press Release
2007/06/14

Matinians to vote for cityhood on June 18

Davao City (14 June) -- Monday, June 18, will not just be any ordinary Monday for all Matinians.

This will be the day when Mati is bound to create another history.

It's the day when Matinians will decide for the realization of the longest dream of cityhood.

The local government of Mati is making all moves so that no stones will be left unturned for the citryhood of Mati.

Five groups of speaker bureau are tasked to go to the twenty six barangays of Mati, to explain what cityhood is all about, what benefits can the people get from it, and answer questions from the constituents.

OIC-Mayor and Vice-Mayor elect Cesar de Erio said, "we must go out on June 18, and vote yes for cityhood. If we really want more development for Mati, this is it".

Earlier, he also said that the cityhood is far more important than his political position.

"With the cityhood of Mati, all of us can benefit and reap the fruits of our hard labor," Frio said.

Mayor-elect Michelle Rabat ascertained that with the cityhood of Mati, more services can be delivered to the people.

"This is the legacy that Mayor Paking Rabat will leave behind. This has been his ultimate dream, made possible through Congressman Almario, and through our collaborative efforts" Mayor elect Rabat said.

The newly elected Mayor said that aside from health services which was their battle cry in the last election, with the IRA tripled, Mati can now give good basic education to the children, and the city government, hopefully, can now shoulder the provision of some needs of the schools.

Aside from that, other needs can also be addressed, like potable water and housing.

Congressman and Vice-Governor elect Mayo Almario, the "Father of the Cityhood of Mati" though his legislation, is optimistic that the people will understand the purpose behind cityhood.

"It was not easy pushing this bill. There was a time when I almost gave up. But I saw the support of the local officials, and the people, and their prayers, too. Those brought us to where we are now for Mati. And I thank everybody who has been a part of this noble endeavor," Almario said.

Almario explained that the very first to benefit from the influx of investors and the employment that it will generate as an aftermath of the cityhood is of course, Mati, and second are the neighboring municipalities and provinces.

The plebiscite was scheduled despite temporary restraining order filed by the League of Cities.

Understandably, the League of Cities will oppose any addition to the league because it will mean a diminish from the Internal Revenue Allotment allotted for them.

Mati will no longer receive the IRA as a municipality. But Mati's share will be divided among the members of the League of Municipalities.

Ali Acbar Sangcopan-Comelec Election Officer 111, is also calling for the people to vote on June 18.

"Whatever your vote is, go out and let your vote be counted. However, let us be mature enough to see and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the cityhood of Mati", he said. (N. Duallo with PIA) [top]

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