Feb 4 declared as “Phil-American War Memorial Day” PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 April 2018 13:07

By DEXTER YAP

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7260, seeking to declare February 4 of every year as a special working holiday to be known as the “Philippine-American War Memorial Day” or “Araw ng Paggunita sa Digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano” in commemoration of the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who fought in defense of the Filipino nation during the Philippine-American war.

Congressman Celso Lobregat who is one of the co-authors of the bill said that this legislation mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure that appropriate activities are held in schools at all levels to commemorate “Philippine-American War Memorial Day.”

Likewise, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) shall be responsible for providing the DepEd, CHED, and the general public with the necessary information to ensure a meaningful commemoration of the “Philippine-American War Memorial Day.”

The commemoration shall be funded by the agencies concerned through a yearly appropriation.

Lobregat said that the Philippine-American war stands as one of the bloodiest chapters in the nation’s history. Over one million Filipinos lost their lives as a result of the war that broke out on February 4, 1899.

According to Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers), principal author of the bill, the war demonstrated Filipino solidarity and the resolute refusal to submit to imperial aggression. Enjoying the overwhelming support of the people throughout the archipelago, the armed forces of the First Republic, led by President Emilio Aguinaldo, waged a fierce and determined war of resistance as the invading forces launched major campaigns, notably in the provinces of Central Luzon, the Ilocos and Cordillera, Panay and Eastern Visayas, Southern tagalong and Mindanao.

The lawmaker said that as a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices and bravery of the country’s ancestors in resisting and fighting the invading forces in the face of overwhelming odds and giving up their lives defending the ideals of a truly independent nation, every Filipino citizen should repay them by honoring and commemorating their martyrdom and solidarity through the proposed declaration. – Dexter Yap