Septem­ber 3 de­clared as spe­cial work­ing hol­i­day

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THE HOUSE of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­curred with the amend­ments made by the Se­nate on House Bill 5640 au­thored by Baguio City law­maker Mark Go declar­ing Septem­ber 3 as spe­cial work­ing pub­lic hol­i­day through­out the coun­try.

This is in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the sur­ren­der of the Ja­panese mil­i­tary forces led by Gen­eral To­moyuki Ya­mashita in Baguio City.

“This dec­la­ra­tion is sig­nif­i­cant not only in the City of Baguio but to the whole coun­try as well. This high­lights the tri­umphant lib­er­a­tion of the Filipino peo­ple and the Philip­pines from the hands of Ja­panese forces dur­ing the Sec­ond World war,” Go ex­plained.

His­tory re­veals after the bomb­ing of the Pearl Har­bor, the first ca­su­alty of Ja­panese air raids in Lu­zon was Camp John Hay to­gether with Manila. Baguio served as gar­ri­son dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion due

to the city’s strate­gic mil­i­tary value.

“World War II ended when Gen­eral Ya­mashita signed the sur­ren­der doc­u­ments to US Lt. Gen­eral Jonathan Wain­wright and Bri­tish Lt. Gen. Arthur Per­ci­val in Baguio City. This marked the end of the ar­du­ous years of said war in our coun­try,” the Baguio solon said.

“Declar­ing Septem­ber 3 as a spe­cial work­ing pub­lic hol­i­day through­out the coun­try is a recog­ni­tion of this vic­to­ri­ous and note­wor­thy piece of our his­tory that should never be for­got­ten,” Go said.

The mea­sure is now set to be en­rolled and trans­mit­ted to Mala­cañang for the Pres­i­dent’s sig­na­ture.

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