MANILA - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has called on all government agencies to offer a special prayer to the late former President Corazon Aquino this month.
CSC Chairman Ricardo Saludo on Monday issued Memorandum Circular No. 25-A s. 2009, which enjoins all government workers to say the "Civil servants' prayer for the repose of the soul of former President Corazon C. Aquino" during flag-raising ceremonies on all Mondays of August.
In addition to this, Saludo also ordered that yellow and black ribbons or banners be "prominently displayed" in all government facilities.
"The Civil Service Commission joins the Aquino and Cojuangco families, the Filipino people, and our 1.3 million civil servants in deepest sorrow and solemn prayer over the passing of our former President and freedom patroness Corazon Aquino. She led our nation from the dark night of dictatorship to the bright day of democracy restored," Saludo said.
"Together with Filipino public servants everywhere, we kneel in prayer for the eternal repose of her soul where the nation's welfare and advancement has always been uppermost. And with every Filipino here and across the world, we pledge to uphold the undying democratic ideals President Aquino stood for," he added.
Civil servants, according to CSC, include all heads of constitutional bodies, departments, bureaus, offices and agencies of the national and local government, government-owned and controlled corporations, and state universities and colleges.
Following is the prayer recommended by the CSC to be recited by all government workers:
Civil Servants' Prayer for the Repose of the soul of former President Corazon C. Aquino
Almighty God, we thank you for another week to faithfully and selflessly serve our people for the advancement of peace, justice and development in our land.
In living the ideals of patriotism, democracy and good governance, we are inspired by the life and work of the late former President Corazon C. Aquino, who led our struggle to restore freedom in our country. We now pray for the eternal repose of her soul. Your grace and comfort will give relief and will fortify her family in this hour of pain and peril.
We pray that we may continue to be inspired by her life and ideals, especially us who spend our working days in the service of the republic. As we unite behind her in the fight for freedom, we now pray as one nation for the Almighty's mercy and grace for the eternal repose of the soul of our beloved Tita Cory.
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