By Genalyn Kabiling
The country is expected to celebrate “Emilio Aguinaldo Day” on March 22, 2019 in honor of the nation’s first president.
President Duterte has issued Proclamation No. 621 declaring the special date to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Aguinaldo.
“As the first President of the Republic, Aguinaldo symbolized the desire of the nation to be self-reliant, independent and free from oppression,” the proclamation read.
“The State recognizes the necessity to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history and encourages every citizen to emulate and honor our forefathers,” it added.
The same proclamation directed the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as the lead agency for Aguinaldo’s 150th birth anniversary celebration. The commission is allowed to form an interagency task force to plan, coordinate and implement effectively all programs, projects and activities relative to “this milestone event.”
The President has also urged government agencies and local government units to support and assist NHCP in observance of the celebration of Emilio Aguinaldo Day.