Manila Times - - Regions - REINA C. TO­LENTINO

THE bill declar­ing Septem­ber 2 of ev­ery year as a spe­cial non-work­ing hol­i­day in Ifu­gao prov­ince in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Gen­eral To­moyuki Ya­mashita’s sur­ren­der in 1945 is await­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s ap­proval. “The 2nd day of Septem­ber 1945 is a sig­nif­i­cant date in the his­tory, not only of Ifu­gao but also of the coun­try,” Ifu­gao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., prin­ci­pal author of the bill, said. Ya­mashita, com­man­der of the Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Army in the coun­try dur­ing World War 2, sur­ren­dered in the town of Kian­gan, Ifu­gao on Sept. 2, 1945. He signed sur­ren­der doc­u­ments in Baguio City on the next day. The bill — which Pan­gasi­nan’s sixth district Rep. Mar­lyn Prim­i­cias-Agabas co-au­thored — pro­vides that the Ifu­gao pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Kian­gan mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, the Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion of the Philip­pines, Philip­pine Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Of­fice and the Mil­i­tary Shrines Ser­vice, “shall lead ap­pro­pri­ate and mean­ing­ful com­mem­o­ra­tive pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties to be par­tic­i­pated [in] by of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of the na­tional, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment agen­cies and in­stru­men­tal­i­ties, and civic, re­li­gious, non­govern­ment, busi­ness and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, in or­der to give sig­nif­i­cance and honor the heroes and hero­ines who con­trib­uted to the Philip­pines’ lib­er­a­tion from the Ja­panese forces.”

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