By Jonathan Hicap
Muntinlupa celebrated its 101st founding anniversary on Dec. 19 with the inauguration of a new health center, and recognition of individuals and organizations for their contribution to the city’s development.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi led the day-long festivities that concluded with a program at the at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex under the theme “Pagharap sa Bagong Kabanata, Muntinlupa Tungo sa Ikalawang Siglo.”
“Today marks the dawn of Muntinlupa’s second century and we are in a better position to write a better story for our city, our home. I hope this momentous event will instill nationalism and inspire every Muntinlupa resident to look back and offer their ‘Lakas, Talino, at Buhay’ to the country and Muntinlupa,” Fresnedi said.
In his speech, the mayor highlighted the accomplishments of his administration including providing scholarship to 60,000 students from elementary to college levels.
The city government awarded individuals and organizations for their valuable contribution to progress. The awardees were National Artist for Architecture Arch. Francisco Mañoza, former senator and congressman Rodolfo Biazon, Victory Alabang, Inter Continental Development Corporation and Madrigal Properties.
Fresnedi also led the inauguration of the P24.8-million Laguerta Health Center, which will house the city’s HIV testing center.
Muntinlupa was declared a separate town in 1917 through Executive Order 108 issued by Governor General Francis Burton Harrison.
Through the years, the city has garnered several awards and citations from various governing bodies, including the Most Business-Friendly City Award for 2001, 2002, 2017, and 2018; Most Child-Friendly City in NCR for 2016 and 2017; Green Banner Award and Outstanding LGU in Nutrition Program Management for 2018; MERALCO Luminaries Award for 2018;
Red Orchid Award for 2018; Government Efficiency and Resilience Award (3rd Place) in the Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awards for 2017 and 2018; Union Internationale des Transports Publics Awards for 2017; Top Performing LGU in Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Program (MBCRPP) Annual Exit Conference for 2018; ISO 9001:2008 certificate on Quality Management System for 2015 to 2016; Seal of Good Local Governance for 2015; and Kampyeon ng Wika for 2015.