TAGBILARAN CITY. – We stand corrected. There were not only three but four holidays being observed here for this month. Two of which are national holidays while another two are local holidays.
The month of July opened with the Charter Day for Tagbilaran, which according to Republic Act No. 8267, every first day of July is considered as a special non-working public holiday in the city to be known as the Tagbilasran city Charter Day.
Howe3ver, the holiday is only for the city and not for the entire province. But the Bohol Charter Day on July 22 will be a holiday for the entire province including the city.
After the Tagbilaran City Charter Day, comes the national holiday in the entire country on Friday, July 17 pursuant to Proclamation No. 1070 which states that Republic Act No. 9177 has declared Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday throughout the country.
The observance seeks to encourage the Filipino nation to join Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the feast of the Ramadhan.
The declaration of July 17 as a holiday in the entire country was made by Malacanang last week.
Then comes the Bohol day celebration on July 22, a Wednesday which was declared a special non-working public holiday in the entire province including Tagbilaran City pursuant to Republic Act No. 7683.
On July 22, 1854, Bohol was separated from Cebu and, together with Siquijor, was created into a politico-military province during the Spanish rule in the Philippines.
Thereafter, it was recognized as a province during the American regime.
The final holiday for this month will be on July 27, a Monday. Pres. Aquino has approved Joint Resolution No. 2 declaring July 27 as a special non-working holiday to commemorate the 100th founding anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo.
Earlier this month, the President issued Proclamation No. 815 as the Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Year.
He said the proclamation was issued to “enhance public awareness” on the contributions of the INC to national development.
The INC is the largest homegrown Christian church in the Philippines, with ministries in at least 102 countries. (jab)
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