• Feb. 25 regular work day

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    Malacañang on Sunday reminded the public that only classes in schools will be suspended for the 28th anniversary of the People Power Revolution on Tuesday, February 25.

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    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 dzRB radio.

    “There will be no classes at all levels on that day. But it is also a regular working day,” he added

    On Tuesday, Coloma said that the President will commemorate the People Power revolt with communities devastated by recent calamities.

    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 7.2-magnitude quake in October, for a town hall-style meeting, he said.

    “Makikipagpanayam ang ating Pangulo sa mga mamamayan at aalamin din ang kanilang sitwasyon apat na buwan pagkatapos ng lindol sa Bohol upang matiyak na ginagawa ng pamahalaan ang mga tamang hakbang bilang pagkalinga sa kanila [The President will interact with the the people and see for himself the situation in Bohol four months after a 7.2-magnitude quake. He will also make sure the concerned agencies are doing their work],” he added.

    Aquino will then visit Bantayan Island in Cebu, where Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) made one of its landfalls in November.

    The President will also visit Guiuan town in Eastern Samar and Tanauan in Leyte province, which were also devastated by Yolanda, he said.

    He added that Aquino will also inspect the Department of Health’s project in Tacloban City, one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda.

    Meanwhile, 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” in Cebu.

    “Ang Cebu ang lalawigan na siyang naging tanggulan at balwarte ng oposisyon noong panahon ng Martial Law at kung saan namalagi si dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino noong ganap na tumiwalag ang militar sa pamunuan ni Pangulong Marcos noong ika-dalawampu’t dalawa ng Pebrero, 1986 [Cebu was the then opposition’s base during Martial Law. Mrs. Aquino was staying there when the military withdrew support for Marcos],” Coloma added.

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