The Provincial Board (PB) has officially expressed support for House Bill 2325 which proposes the declaration of July 4 as Francisco Dagohoy Day.
PB members passed a resolution backing the bill authored by Cong. Rene Relampagos and which if approved, would make the date a special non-working holiday in Bohol.
In her committee report on May 26, ex-officio PB Member Gloria Gementiza said that the Relampagos’ bill seeks to honor Dagohoy who launched an 85-year revolt starting July 4, 1744 against the Spanish colonial rule.
Dagohoy’s revolution against Spain was the longest on record but he died before it ended in 1829.
The PB’s committee on culture and arts chaired by Gementiza has deemed it appropriate to support the bill which pushes for the annual commemoration of Dagohoy’s contributions particularly to Boholanos.
The PB’s resolution supporting Relampagos’ bill was sponsored by Gementiza and co-sponsored by Board Members Ricky Masamayor and Kristine Tutor.
House Bill 2325 was filed by Relampagos on August 2, 2016.
“Francisco Dagohoy was among Bohol’s most significant contributions to the country’s collection of heroes,” the bill stated. “It is therefore appropriate to give due recognition and celebration to the valiant acts of Francisco Dagohoy, especially among us Boholanos.” (Rey Tutas)