Feast of Eid’l Adha ushers in long weekend of reflection in GenSan
In a letter dated November 23, 2009 to the Honorable Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., City Mayor of General Santos City, Field Director Guialil R. Kanda of the Office of Muslim Affairs of Regional Office No. XII-A, informed him that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Proclamation No. 1808-A declaring November 27 and 28, 2009 as Regional Holidays in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
This is in celebration of the Feast of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), one of Islam’s only two major festivals, commemorating the prophet Abraham‘s willingness to sacrifice his firstborn, Ismael.
The letter continues that “said proclamation effectively amends Proclamation No. 1808, dated April 12 2009″.
Mr. Kanda then proceeds to explain in the letter that Proclamation No. 1808-A, “does not amend Presidential Decree No. 1083 where Muslims are granted the privilege of observing Muslim holidays by virtue of P.D. No. 1083 and Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 81-1277″, in select areas in Mindanao including GenSan.
This means, that all government offices in the city, will have no work on November 27 (Friday), corresponding to the “10th day of lunar month of Dhu-Al-Hijjah”, 1430 H.“
And since Monday, November 30, 2009 is also the “Bonifacio Day” in honor of National Hero, Andres Bonifacio, the generals will once again enjoy a 4-day long weekend, which Bariles think is appropriate for the times considering the stress and depression most of us have been undergoing after news of the massacre of the Maguindanao Martyrs came out.
It would be a good time for the generals to reflect on the repercussions from that dastardly and barbaric act upon 13 of GenSan’s resident media personnel and gather to pay tribute to them (and the rest of the victims and their families) through their colleagues’ plans to conduct the wake collectively at the GenSan Oval Plaza Covered Court.
These holidays, the Feast of Sacrifice and the “Bonifacio Day”, are very appropriate, coming right after the deaths of our Maguindanao Martyrs and Heroes, whose lives were sacrified as if by fate, to pave the way for a long-lasting peace in the land