For the first anniversary of a powerful earthquake, President Benigno Aquino III declared a special non-working holiday today in the Province of Bohol.
President Aquino, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, signed the order last Oct. 9.
Proclamation 887 said the declaration is meant to give the recovering province some time to mark the event with prayer and thanksgiving.
The Bohol Provincial Government has organized activities to commemorate the magnitude 7.2 earthquake, and masses were also arranged by the Dioceses of Tagbilaran and Talibon.
Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso was scheduled to celebrate mass at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral at 8 a.m. Talibon Bishop Patrick Daniel Parcon will celebrate mass in the diocese’s official seat.
Parishes belonging to the two dioceses will also conduct simultaneous masses today.
After the mass, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto will lead a groundbreaking ceremony for a proposed memorial shrine in Banat-i Hill in Tagbilaran City.
A prayer vigil was held at the Rizal Plaza in Tagbilaran City last night to honor those who died during last year’s earthquake.