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PGMA orders education secretary to lead Independence Day celebration next year

Manila (11 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed Secretary of Education Jesli Lapus to lead the planning, coordination and implementation of the program of activities in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12 next year.

Under Administrative Order No. 205 which she signed last Oct. 30, the President ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) to convene an inter-agency task force which would plan, coordinate and implement all programs, projects and activities related to the nationwide celebration.

"The 110th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence is an ideal occasion for all Filipinos to unite and celebrate the freedom and liberty of our nation and to rally behind the government and the country's institutions," the President said.

The inter-agency task force shall be composed of representatives from the Office of the President, DepEd, Department of Tourism and the National Historical Institute.

The President enjoined all departments, bureaus, offices, national government agencies, local government units and government-owned and controlled corporations to give full support, assistance and cooperation to the DepEd.

The main events and activities for the Philippine Independence Day celebration include the National Flag Day commemoration on May 28, 2008 which will serve as the kick-off rites.

The formal celebration of Independece Day will be highlighted by Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying ceremonies at the Rizal Monument at the Rizal Park in Manila.

The event will be simultaneously celebrated at the Barasoain Church Historical Landmark in Malolos City, Bulacan; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; the Veterans Memorial at the Manila North Cemetery; the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City,and the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City.

The Independence Day parade at the Quirino Grandstand will be held in the afternoon of the same day. (OPS) [top]

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