Palace declares Dec. 4 holiday in Cebu Province

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MALACAÑANG has declared Dec. 4, 2020, Friday, a special (non-working) day in Cebu Province in honor of the 104th birth anniversary of the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr.

President Rodrigo Duterte set the special non-working day through his Proclamation No. 1053, signed on Nov. 18.

Osmeña Jr. served as governor of Cebu Province from 1951 to 1959; as mayor of Cebu City from 1959 to 1963; and as senator from 1965 to 1971.

Duterte said: “It is but fitting and proper that the people of the Province Cebu be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing and other public health measures.”

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City will adopt this.

He said if the province has been giving him honor and recognition, there is no reason for Cebu city, which the late Osmeña had been a mayor of for several terms and even as congressman, not to give him honor and recognition.

In 2019, Labella wanted Reps. Rodrigo Abellanosa and the late Raul del Mar to enact a law that would declare Dec. 4 as a special holiday in the City.

Labella said doing so would be in honor of Osmeña who gave immeasurable contributions to the City’s economy and infrastructure.

John Eddu Ibanez, executive secretary of Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, in a text message to SunStar Cebu, said Mandaue City is included and will adopt the proclamation.

However, as for the case of Lapu-Lapu City, Marky Bautista, the City’s information officer, told SunStar Cebu in a text message that according to Mayor Ahong Chan, they will still try to write the Office of the President to include Lapu-Lapu City in the special non-working day in honor of Osmeña Jr. (WBS)