TACLOBAN CITY- Members of the provincial board of Leyte unanimously approved a resolution declaring every November 8 as a special non-working holiday across the province.
The resolution, principally authored by Board Member Wilson Uy, was approved by the board during their regular session held on August 19. The resolution is urging President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino to declare November 8 of every year as a special non-working holiday in Leyte. It was during this date that Leyte and some parts of Eastern Visayas was pummeled by supertyphoon Yolanda that resulted to the deaths of more than 6,000 people and damaged to properties and economy of more than P50 billion.
According to Uy, it is but proper to observe the unforgettable disaster by the people of Leyte considering of its major impact. And declaring that date will give the people more time to commemorate the disaster that caused the deaths of their loved ones, thousands remain missing even at this time, more than nine months after Yolanda unleashed her fury.
“The day will be a big event in every municipality in Leyte and hopefully with the declaration all activities will be unified and every Leyteno will have the chance to commemorate it the way they like it” said Uy, who is the president of the provincial councilor’s league. Though the occasion is a major tragedy, it is the prerogative of the people or the affected local government unit to commemorate the tragedy. In Palo, where Uy serves as a town councilor, they plan to the put up a memorial park to honor and remember those who perished during the onslaught of Yolanda, Uy said. (LIZBETH ANN A.ABELLA)