There will be no classes on the 28th anniversary of the People Power Revolution on February 25, which is a regular working day.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that work in government and private offices are not covered by the proclamation order signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“Proclamation 655 declares February 25 , EDSA People Power Revolution Day, a school holiday,” Coloma said on state-run radio.
On Tuesday, the President will commemorate the People Power revolt with communities devastated by recent calamities, Coloma said.
Aquino will go to Cateel, Davao Oriental, to check on the progress of rehabilitation work there in the wake of Typhoon Pablo in December 2011.
The President will then head for Loon town in Bohol, which was
devastated by a magnitude-7.2 quake last October, for a town
hall-style meeting, he said.
“The President will interact with the the people and see for himself the situation in Bohol four months after a magnitude-7.2 quake. He will also make sure the concerned agencies are
doing their work,” he added.
After attending the EDSA anniversary rites, Aquino
will visit Bantayan Island in Cebu, where super Typhoon Yolanda made one of its landfalls last November.
He will also visit Guiuan town in Eastern Samar and Tanauan
in Leyte, which were also devastated by Yolanda.
Coloma said the President will inspect the Department of Health’s project in Tacloban City, one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda.
Coloma said the theme of this year’s commemoration is “EDSA
28: Kapit-bisig Tungo sa Pagbangon [EDSA 28: Joining Hands Toward Recovery].”
He said this year’s commemoration will be unique as it will be held outside Metro Manila, with the traditional “Salubungan” to be staged in Cebu.
“Cebu was the then opposition’s base during Martial Law. Mrs.
Aquino was staying there when the military withdrew support for Marcos,” Coloma added.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE