MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared February 4 of every year a special working holiday for the "Philippine-American War Memorial Day."
Republic Act No. 11304, signed on April 17, aims to commemorate the "sacrifice" and "bravery" of Filipinos who fought and died in defense of the country during the Philippine-American war.
The new law requires the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to ensure that appropriate activities are held in schools to commemorate the holiday.
It also requires the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to provide the public with the necessary information to ensure a meaningful observance of the holiday.
The Philippine-American War broke out on Feb. 4, 1899 and ended on July 2, 1902 with a victory for the United States.