House OKs bill declaring Jan. 23 as 'First Philippine Republic Day'

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Posted at Oct 29 2016 05:48 PM

MANILA – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill declaring January 23 as "First Philippine Republic Day," a special working holiday.

The First Philippine Republic Day seeks to commemorate the creation of the republic “as the sovereign choice of the people” at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, according to House Bill 477.

“[The creation of the Philippine republic] was a conscious choice to reject a dictatorial and revolutionary government and establish for all the future Filipino generations the groundwork for democracy,” Bulacan Representative Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, who authored the bill, said in a statement.

The beginning of Filipino democracy, Sy-Alvarado said, “magnifies the political maturity and readiness of our forefathers at the turn of that century.”

Activities on the special working day will be planned and executed by the National Historical Commission, in coordination with the Department of Education.

No premium rate for employees is implemented during special working holidays.