TACLOBAN CITY- Celebrating Independence Day is special to this city since Tacloban also marks its Charter Day every June 12.

Mayor Alfred Romualdez told reporters after a simple celebration of the 117th Independence Day here that Tacloban had gone a long way since the declaration of its cityhood in 1953.

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From a simple costal town in Leyte province, it becomes the regional hub that contributed a lot in the regional economy and education system. The city has a population of more than 240,000.

“We have gone a long way, but what is important is we are able to perform efficiently as regional hub and I think we are getting stronger,” said Romualdez.

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Romualdez added that the city’s economy has been slowly booming as seen in the confidence of investors to put their businesses back in Tacloban despite the devastations wrought by super typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013.

“From uncertainty after the typhoon, we are glad that big investors are back, which is very good for the city. There is resilience and mitigation especially when they build-back their offices and production plants,” he added.

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Romualdez added that this year’s celebration of Independence Day should serve as inspiration to charter future of children and to give them right direction to progress. PNA

All photos courtesy of  Timothy John Canes / Alfred Romualdez Facebook page