• Public urged to join Independence Day activities

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    Malacañang has urged the public to take part in Sunday’s activities commemorating the 118th Philippine Independence Day.

    A job fair, free MRT/LRT rides, and medical missions are just among the activities prepared by the government during the celebration that will be led by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    With the theme ‘Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong’, the event will be Aquino’s final June 12 celebration as he is about to step down from office at the end of the month.

    The President will lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park in Manila at 8:00 a.m. He is expected to deliver his final Independence Day address afterwards.

    Simultaneous commemorative rites will also be held in key cities nationwide, including Kawit in Cavite, Malolos in Bulacan, Angeles in Pampanga, Davao City, Cebu City, and several other parts of Metro Manila.

    From Rizal Park, the President will return to Malacañang to host the traditional Vin d’ Honneur for the diplomatic corps. Another public address of the President is expected in the event.

    The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, in coordination with other government agencies, had lined up commemorative activities leading up to the June 12 celebration, including the Balik-Tanaw cultural heritage tour at the Pasig River, cultural performances at the Paco Park and Rizal Park, simultaneous job fairs nationwide, trade fairs, and public exhibits.

    Around 15,000 foreign and 7,000 local job opportunities will be offered by the Department of Labor and Employment in a simultaneous nationwide job fair.

    The Department of Health, on the other hand, will conduct free medical, dental and optical services.

    The government will also offer free MRT/LRT rides on June 12, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as free Pasig River Ferry rides from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Meanwhile, the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID) based in Panay Island on Saturday hailed the heroism of the Filipino soldiers, both the living and those who have gone ahead.

    “The independence attained by our forefathers will remain in every soldier’s heart as we continue to emulate their courage and perseverance in the performance of our mission,” Brig. General Harold Cabreros, 3rd ID commander, said.

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