Good governance is focus of Malaybalay’s 10th charter anniversary

A traditional charter day parade is scheduled for the celebration that will end in a formal program at the City Covered Court here.

The choice of the theme came in the heels of a clamor for the Arroyo administration to expose the truth on the alleged corruption in the controversial ZTE – NBN broadband deal.

The theme, announced through a streamer posted in Plaza Rizal here, caught the attention of residents who were watching cable television broadcast of the Pacquiao – Marquez bout here at the Covered Freedom Park.

Malaybalay City is a 3rd class city in the province of Bukidnon. It is the capital city of Bukidnon with a population of 123,672 people in 23,522 households as of the 2000 census.

Together with thirty (30) other datus, Datu Mampaalong, a forefather of the settlement now known as Malaybalay City accepted Spanish dominion and embraced Christianity on June 15, 1877, ending the long-standing war between them.

On that day, the Spaniards made Malaybalay into a pueblo named "Oroquita del Interior" with a territory covering the area of what is now the province of Bukidnon, but the name of the settlement was still retained as Malaybalay.

On March 10, 1977 the province of Bukidnon was created out of the original province of Misamis, partitioning then "Malaybalay" into smaller towns  to form the province of Bukidnon.

The Sangguniang Bayan of the municipality of Malaybalay passed Resolution No. 3699-96  on March 26, 1996,  urging the House of Representatives to convert Malaybalay into a city. Reginaldo Tilanduca, 2nd District Representative of Bukidnon at that time, filed House Bill No. 6275, proposing the creation of Malaybalay into a component city.

On February 11, 1998, President Fidel Ramos signed the law,  R.A. 8490,. that converted Malaybalay to a city, making it the first component city of Bukidnon.(Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)