By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Ilocos Norte congressmen have filed separate bills seeking to declare September 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in their province to mark the birth anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The bills were filed by Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ria Fariñas and her brother, Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Rudys Caesar “Baby Boy” Fariñas to declare Sept. 11 every year as “President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day”.
Barba filed House Bill No. 2218 “as a salute to a brilliant man whose vision for the country remains unparalleled.”
Marcos, the country’s 10th President, was born on September 11, 1917 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
“Under his leadership, we were ahead of our time – in agriculture, education, infrastructure, energy production, and foreign policy,” Barba cited.
“His extraordinary display of leadership and incomparable brilliance serves as an inspiration to his fellow Ilocanos. He is a man of vision, action and wisdom. Thus, it is only necessary that his life, works, remarkable achievements, and inherent love for his fellow Ilocanos be remembered,” he stressed.
The Fariñases filed House Bill 4595, the same version of a measure approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives during the previous 17th Congress on May 2, 2018.
“For the people of Ilocos Norte, the young and promising Marcos has brought pride to the province and served as inspiration for young leaders to exemplify his leadership and governance administration,” Reps. Ria and Rudys Caesar said in pushing for the approval of HB 4595.
Marcos served as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms until his election as a senator in 1959, and becoming the Senate President in 1963.
In 1965, he was elected President of the Philippines and was re-elected in 1969, becoming the first Chief Executive to serve a second term.
“For his 20-year tenure as President, his advocacies focused on building infrastructure, roads, hospitals, and other societal services,” the Fariñases said.
“It is, thus, aimed by this proposal to have the 11th day of September be declared as a special non-working holiday in the province of Ilocos Norte, to be known as ‘President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day’,” they said.