PALACE SETS LONG-WEEKEND COMMEMORATION OF NINOY AQUINO SLAY

Manila, August 15, 2003 (STAR) It will be another long weekend holiday for Filipinos next week.

President Gloria Arroyo has declared Friday (August 22) as a special non-working day throughout the country in deference to the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. on Aug. 21.

Pres. Arroyo further said August 21 will be a regular working day even though all activities and celebrations for the commemoration of Aquino’s assassination shall be observed on that day.

She noted it was necessary for the country to celebrate the 20th death anniversary of Aquino "to inculcate the values of self-sacrifice and patriotism that his life and death exemplified and to appreciate the gifts of democracy and freedom."

In the proclamation, she ordered heads of government departments, offices and agencies, and government-owned or controlled corporations may direct employees to observe regular working hours and provide regular services on August 22 if required.

Employees of the government agencies and instrumentalities imposing deadlines on the transacting public for payment of taxes, fees or fines and for compliance with reportorial and other requirements will also be required to observe regular working hours and provide regular services to the public.

Also, government workers providing police, security, fire protection, custodial, rescue, emergency, medical and similar services will provide assistance on regular basis.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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