By Ben Serrano
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead “People’s Day”, one of the highlights of activities in the week-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the province of Agusan del Norte.
The province will celebrate its anniversary on June 17 but activities relating to the anniversary will start on June 12.
People’s Day is on June 17 and will be held at the annex Caraga State University Campus in Cabadbaran City.
Agusan del Norte Governor Angel Amante-Matba who personally invited the president said activities slated on Cabadbaran City’s People’s Day were public talk of the Pres. Duterte with Agusanons and Caraganons on medical, dental and legal services including PhilHealth membership.
On June 17 is also Flower Horn Show Judging and Awarding and in the evening is the Coronation Night which will be held in the Municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte.
The week-long festivities will start June 12 which also Philippine Independence Day celebration to be spearheaded by Gov. Amante-Matba and provincial officials which will be held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, Butuan City.
Right after Independence Day rites, the lady governor will formally declare official opening or start of the week-long golden anniversary activities including official opening of the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair known as Tabo-an Sa Kapitolyo.
On June 16, the State of the Province Address which will be delivered by the Governor, for the first time, will be held outside provincial capitol and this time in the Municipality of Buenavista.
And for the first time, the pageant and crowning of Search of Miss Agusan del Norte now known as Bae Agusan del Norte will be held in the Municipality of Santiago.
On June 17, 1967, Republic Act 4979 divided the then One Agusan province into two independent provinces: Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.
“Agusan” comes from the word “Agasan”, a Filipino word which means in English “ where the water flows” referring to then 250 kilometers long Agusan River by which the river served as highway for Spanish colonizers gaining access to inner Mindanao.
It was Agusan River where there were presence of gold ore gathering activities long before the Spaniards came and where the solid Golden Tara image now displayed.
Agusan del Norte or then one Agusan is historic as it was before formed part of Butuan province in the 1900’s by which all belonged to bigger Caraga District during Spanish period until even earlier part of American occupation.
The huge Caraga District then composed of now Surigao, Agusan, Davao Oriental and other Davao provinces.
Present day Agusan del Norte is composed of 10 municipalities and the city of Cabadbaran with 339 barangays.