VICE President Jejomar Binay joined President Benigno Aquino 3rd in asking the Filipinos to observe the National Day of Prayer and Solidarity on Monday, especially for victims of calamities in 2013 and for the healing of the country.
“Once again, let our faith in the Almighty guide us towards a better, more secure future for our countrymen whose lives may have been altered yet remain steadfast and unconquered in spirit,” Binay said in a statement.
He asked the people to “use this day to fervently pray for unity and an end to divisiveness, pettiness and hate. Let us embrace each other as brothers and sisters, united in moving our nation forward.”
Education Secretary Armin Luistro also urged all public school officials to heed the President’s call for prayer to remember those affected by tragedies “that shook the lives of countless Filipinos last year.”
At exactly 5 p.m., he said, he enjoined all DepEd employees nationwide to “unite with us to pray for our nation with a remarkably unshakeable faith. This is not just to pay respect for those who perished, but also a chance to address the Almighty our gratitude and to seek guidance for a better nation this 2014,” Luistro said in a memorandum.
Luistro also asked school communities to organize local prayers, incorporating various faith traditions at the Monday flag ceremonies starting classes in all public schools.
Designated areas and bulletin boards may be arranged in every school to put up photos and post messages for the victims to memorialize the events of last year.
The memorandum also asked schools to integrate discussions on the recent disasters in Science, Araling Panlipunan, and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao subjects to enrich the students’ awareness of the events and their implications.