Provincial dads seek declaration of September 11 as non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY — Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has unanimously approved on Monday a resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare September 11, 2016 as a special non-working holiday in the entire province of Ilocos Norte.

Known as the President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day, the resolution sponsored by vice governor Eugenio Angelo Barba and the committee of the whole is meant to give time for Ilocanos to pay tribute to the birthday celebration of Ilocos Norte’s most beloved son, who has served as Philippine president for the longest time.

In view of this, provincial board member Conrado Respicio III said that through a resolution permanently seeking the declaration of September 11 this year and every year thereafter, he hopes that the new set of national officials will approve it.

“To make the declaration permanent, it should be an act of Congress. So, we asked our Ilocos Norte solons—Rodolfo Farinas and Imelda Marcos to sponsor it,” said Respicio.

Considering a number anti-Marcos in Congress, Respicio opined that “irrespective of the political leanings of the different officials of the national level, we should consider the achievements of President Marcos as a leader, soldier and student as he is a true inspiration of the Filipino people that should be emulated.”

Though there is no official proclamation yet, some Ilocanos here are expecting President Duterte to finally issue an order for the burial of Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani this September in time for his 99th birthday celebration. PNA/