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February 4 Declared As Special Working Holiday By Pres. Duterte

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared February 4 as a special working day in the Philippines.

One of the topics taught in school under the subject Philippine History and Araling Panlipunan is the Philippine-American war. It was on February 4, 1899 when the conflict between the two countries began.

The Philippines lost against the Americans and the latter ruled the country of the Filipinos for around five(5) decades. It was on July 4, 1946 when the Filipinos gained freedom from the United States.

Recently, a measure related to the historical event was passed into law.


Based on a report on GMA News, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 11304 declaring February 4 of every year a special working holiday in the Philippines.

The said day will be called the Philippine-American War Memorial Day. Since it is a working holiday, employees would have to report to work while certain activities in line with the event will be held in schools.

According to the report, under the new law, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) are mandated to make sure that activities in line with the event will be held in elementary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions.

Reportedly, the budget for the events will come from the annual appropriation fund of the school.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is tasked to give the information necessary for the celebration of the event to DepEd, CHED, and the general public.

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