#WalangPasok: No Work and Classes in Cordillera July 16, 2018

(Baguio City, Philippines) President Rodrigo Duterte has declared July 16, 2018, a special non-working holiday in the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Ifugao Ethnic Games at Banaue Ethnic Village and Pine Forest Resort
Ifugao Ethnic Games at Banaue Ethnic Village and Pine Forest Resort

The Holiday proclamation was declared to mark the 31st founding anniversary of the region.

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) of the Philippines consists of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Apayao and the cities of Tabuk and Baguio City. The (CAR) regional center is the highly urbanized city of Baguio.


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Kalinga Province
Kalinga Province

Proclamation No. 536, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on July 12, 2018, stated that “it is but fitting and proper that the people of CAR be given full opportunity to celebrate and actively participate in the celebration of the region’s founding anniversary with fitting and appropriate ceremonies.”

According to the Proclamation 536 which was approved by the President, there will be no classes and offices in the private and government sectors in Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

#WalangPasok: July 16 Special Non-Working Holiday in Cordillera Administrative Region
#WalangPasok: July 16 Special Non-Working Holiday in Cordillera Administrative Region

Creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region

On July 15, 1987, the late former President Corazon C. Aquino issued Executive Order 220 which created the Cordillera Administrative Region. The provinces of Abra, Benguet and Mountain Province (of the Ilocos Region), and Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao (of the Cagayan Valley) were annexed as part of the newly created region. Nueva Vizcaya was not included in the region despite having an Igorot majority at the time.

In this year’s celebration, the province of Ifugao will be hosting the festivities. The gong was transported and brought around the six provinces and cities in the Cordillera, then back to Ifugao in time for the grand event which is the Cordillera Day.

Source: PNA

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