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(Metro News) Valenzuela celebrates 13th cityhood anniversary on Monday

MANILA, Feb. 13 – A mega job fair, trade fair and tribute to outstanding taxpayers and businessmen will be the order of the day for Valenzuela City as it celebrates its 13th year of cityhood on Monday.

Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian said all anniversary activities are based on the theme, "Valenzuela City: Soaring High Towards More Vibrant Years."

This year's motto highlights the fact that Valenzuela's economic and social progress has been sustained so far for 13 years, the mayor added.

Aside from paying tribute to outstanding investors and the like, Gatchalian reiterated the local government's commitment to generate more jobs and business opportunities for its residents.

The Valenzuela mayor said this objective is highlighted by the fact that a mega job fair will be conducted Monday at the Valenzuela City Astrodome where an estimated 1,000 jobs, both locally and abroad, are up for grabs.

Gatchalian advised job seeks to bring pertinent documents like barangay, police, and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearances and other requirements to boost their chances in getting jobs.

Coinciding with the jobs fair is the opening of the three-day Mega Trade Fair featuring Valenzuela products at discounted prices.

"More than a hundred Valenzuela City companies enlisted with enthusiasm to join the grand showcase of Valenzuelano products," Gatchalian said.

Livelihood seminars will likewise be featured during the event, courtesy of the City Livelihood Office headed by Evelyn Hernandez. Participating companies are also expected to have products demonstration and exhibition.

And to highlight where the residents' taxes go, several newly-completed projects will be inaugurated, including two footbridges that connect Valenzuela City to Caloocan City, Valenzuela City Central Warehouse, and school buildings and state-of-the-art computer laboratories at two public high schools.

Valenzuela was classified as a highly urbanized city on Feb. 14, 1998, when President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8526, which was authored by the late Rep. Antonio Serapio.

This was ratified by the people through a plebiscite held on Dec. 30, 1998, making the City of Valenzuela the 12th city of Metropolitan Manila and 83rd nationwide.

In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, through R.A. 9428, declared Feb. 14 of every year a special working holiday in the entire City of Valenzuela to commemorate its conversion into a highly-urbanized city and to be known as "Araw ng Valenzuela." (PNA)

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