THERE will be no classes on Thursday, June 15, in Angeles City only as the Malacañang declared that day as special non-working holiday in commemoration of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.
This was gleaned in Proclamation Number 233 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on June 13.
"By the President of The Philippines Proclamation No. 233 declaring Thursday, 15 June 2017, as a special (non-working) day, in the City Of Angeles, Pampanga," the proclamation read.
On June 15, 1991, the second-largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century occurred at Mount Pinatubo in Zambales and caused massive destruction in the provinces of Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
In view of rationalizing and integrating the government's rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of this volcanic eruption, then President Corazon Aquino created a task force on the rehabilitation of affected areas.
The order stated that to render appropriate tribute to those who perished, as well as to those who survived and to those who helped in the relocation, rehabilitation and recovery of Pinatubo affected families in the City of Angeles, Pampanga requested that June 15, 2017 be declared as a special (non-working) day in remembrance of the ruinous volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatabo.
It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Angeles be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, the proclamation added.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on June 15, 2017.
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