MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act. No. 11444, an act declaring July 4 of every year as a special working holiday in Bohol to be known as “Francisco Dagohoy Day” in honor of the leader of the Philippines’ longest revolt.
Dagohoy, a native of Bohol, is the leader of the longest Philippine revolt on record that lasted for 85 years during the Spanish Era.
The revolt sparked after a Jesuit curate of Inabanga, Fr. Gaspar Morales, refused to give a Christian burial to Dagohoy’s brother, Sagarino.
Under the law, the Department of Education (DepEd) regional office will plan and implement activities for the holiday to ensure that Dagohoy’s legacy of courage and patriotism is given emphasis to inspire the youth.
All heads of local government units (LGUs) and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations and employers in the private sector, will encourage and afford sufficient time and opportunities for their employees to engage and participate in any activity within the premises of their respective offices or establishments to celebrate the Francisco Dagohoy Day.
Duterte also signed Republic Act. No. 11445, an act declaring February 1 of every year as “Jose Maria Panganiban Day” and a special working public holiday in Camarines Sur.
The law recognizes Panganiban’s sacrifice and fight for humanitarian reforms.
Duterte also signed Republic Act No. 11443, an act declaring January 23 of every year a special working holiday in Bulacan in commemoration of the inauguration of the Philippine Republic.
Meanwhile, Duterte signed Republic Act. No 11442, an act declaring February 3 of every year a special working holiday in Biñan City in Laguna province to be known as Biñan Liberation Day.
The President also signed Republic Act No. 11446, an act declaring December 27 of every year as a special working holiday in the city of Baybay, province of Leyte in celebration of its “Binaybayon Festival.”
All laws were signed August 28 but a copy was made public on Thursday.
These laws will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. (PNA)