Yap filed House Bill 7089 which seeks to declare July 15 as a special non-working day throughout the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) for the celebration of the its founding anniversary.
He made the announcement during the "Bituen ti Amianan" awarding ceremony and the "Agdan ti Laing" coffee table book launching of the Cordillera Regional Risk Reduction Management Council and Office of the Civil Defense -CAR here on July 14 where he was the guest of honor.
Yap noted that every year Cordillerans are clamoring for the President to declare July 15 as a special holiday. The bill once approved, will give opportunity for the Cordillerans to celebrate the region’s founding anniversary on July 15 of every year without asking for a special proclamation.
The CAR composed of the Baguio City and the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province was created by virtue of Executive Order 220 signed by the President Corazon Aquino on July 15, 1987.
Every year, the Regional Development Council requests the President to declare July 15 as a special holiday in CAR to give a chance for Cordillerans to come together and renew the camaraderie and brotherhood among the different tribes, culture and people of the provinces and cities of the Cordillera. The Cordillera Day celebration is also an event to renew the call for regional autonomy and development.
This year, Malacanang issued Proclamation No. 977 declaring July 15, 2020 as special holiday in the entire Cordillera region for the people to celebrate but with some conditions given the prevailing state of public health emergency in the country due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019(COVID-19
Meanwhile, Yap lauded the Cordillerans for the celebration of its 33rd Founding Anniversary despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that that he is honored to be part of the Cordillera Day celebration, and one with the Cordillera as the legislative caretaker of the province of Benguet.
With this year’s theme, “One Resilient Cordillera: Embracing the New Normal Towards Recovery,” he said that it reflects the strength of the Cordillerans in bracing the unknown to secure the safety and well-being of our people.
“Amidst the global pandemic, we have proven once again that we are stronger together. Through our unity and resiliency, we have controlled the further spread of the COVID-19 in the region and we have provided for institutional mechanism to assist communities and individuals to adapt to the New Normal,” Yap said. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis