June 30 a non-working holiday

06/18/2010 - AS A last gift to the Filipinos before she leaves MalacaƱang, President Gloria Arroyo declared June 30 a special non-working holiday.

Arroyo made the declaration so the nation can celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, said Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Maria Elena Bautista-Horn yesterday.

Aside from Aquino, newly elected and reelected national and local officials will also take oath on June 30 to serve their new term.

Bautista said Arroyo approved the recommendation of Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza to declare June 30 a non-working day to give Filipinos a chance to witness Aquino's oathtaking as the 15th president of the country and to hear his inaugural speech.

Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo is expected to release the proclamation order later today.

The inauguration will be held at the Quirino Grandstand around noon, while the inauguration speech will be given by Aquino at the Quezon Memorial Circle before lunch.

An inaugural celebration for the diplomatic corps will be held at MalacaƱang after the oath-taking.

A street party will be held for the public in the afternoon at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Meanwhile, members of the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) will recognize outgoing and newly elected members during a caucus on June 21.

Cebu Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr., in an interview yesterday, said they hope to recognize the service of the three-term PB members who will formally end their terms on June 30
(Sun Star)

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