LGUs urged to conduct fitting rites for National Heroes Day

MANILA -- As the nation marks National Heroes Day on Monday (August 28), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging local government units (LGUs) to conduct befitting activities to honor the country's heroes and to reawaken the sense of nationhood of Filipinos.

In a directive, the DILG encouraged LGUs to conduct simple but meaningful activities such as flag-raising ceremony, wreath-laying and commemorating rites, display of the Philippine flag in LGU offices and such other fitting activities in their respective localities.

The LGUs in Metro Manila are also enjoined to participate in the commemorative rites at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City which will be led by the National Historical Commission (NHC), Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Other government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) are also expected to take part in the ceremony.

The National Heroes Day is a holiday which traces its roots as a day meant to honor all of the country's heroes, particularly those whose names have been lost to history.

The lack of a specific individual's name was meant to create an opportunity for every Filipino who has braved death and persecution for the country to be commemorated.

Initially set on the last Sunday of August by a declaration of the Philippine Legislature in 1931, the holiday was moved to November 30 during the term of then President Jose P. Laurel.

Former President Corazon C. Aquino moved the celebration back to its original date.

In 2007, the public holiday started being celebrated on the last Monday of August with the enactment of Republic Act No. 9492 or the Holiday Economics Law.

Source: Philippine News Agency