Palace urges gov’t workers to take part in Edsa celebration


Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is urging state employees to “actively take part” in activities marking the 27th anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution.

President Benigno Aquino III will highlight this year’s celebration by signing on Monday the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, a landmark legislation dealing with the atrocities committed by the Marcos dictatorship.

In a memorandum circular, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. called on all civil servants, including those in government-owned and-controlled corporations, as well as local government units, “to engage in the activities prepared to commemorate the 27th Edsa People Power anniversary.”

Ochoa, who heads the Edsa People Power Commission (EPPC), asked local government units to hold their own activities to commemorate the event.

“The Edsa event demonstrates how we care and share as a people, as it likewise proves that Filipinos are capable of great courage in moments of overwhelming adversity,” Ochoa said in a statement.

The activities include the “Salubungan” of the military and civilians to “highlight how both can work together to achieve a common goal,” Ochoa said.

In the actual Salubungan, ordinary citizens and members of the religious sector marched together on Edsa in 1986 and met rebel soldiers to stop military tanks and convince other soldiers to join them in their uprising against Marcos.

The Salubungan commemoration will be held simultaneously on Monday in Manila, Virac, Dumaguete and Zamboanga.

Other events include the opening up of military camps and police offices to the public to celebrate their roles in the success of the revolt, and the holding of parades in various localities.

Aquino will attend a flag-raising ceremony at the People Power monument on Edsa on Monday, the culmination of the three-day commemoration which has for its theme, “Pilipinas Natin, Abot-tanaw na!”

In the afternoon, Malacañang will welcome children from various orphanages to the Kalayaan grounds from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Today, Saturday, former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the main players of the revolution, will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

In cooperation with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Student Network-National Capital Region, the EPPC will hold a fun run at Edsa on Sunday.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said special learning modules on the lessons of the Edsa revolution would be introduced this week in all public elementary and secondary schools as the Department of Education’s contribution to the commemoration.

“Edsa People Power is about freedom, democracy and unity which we should always protect and cherish,” Luistro said as he stressed the importance of teaching history to the next generation.

The modules were developed by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines. (With reports from Michael Lim Ubac and Dona Z. Pazzibugan)

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  • buttones

    “Urging?” Or ‘ordering’? Sorry, this lady regrets she will be unable to attend….she has a living to make….It’s about time we started living in the future , not the past…..

  • daniboy2012

    Forget EDSA aniv…there nothin’ to celebrate..the country is still in chaos!!!

  • boybakal

    What is there to celebrate in EDSA?   Nothing. Only Division.
    Only those who benefited in EDSA Power People kuno are the beneficiaries of EDSA….other than that Nada…No People Gain…Nothing.

    This is where this administration is good at….Celebration and Monument….their Monument.
    Lahat ng ipinagawa Monumento.

  • Mickey Hiss

    Now that government employees are urged to participate in the EDSA rites, we can expect nobody in government offices to attend to needs of the ordinary citizenry.  Another wasted day of no service from so-called public servants.  

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    The real reason why EDSA 1 Feb 25 was not declared a holiday this year is because of the low turnout in last year’s commemoration. At the height of the Corona impeachment trial in 2012, no more than 200 pax attended the celebration last year. There were no clouds to rain on the parade. Not much sun to make it unbearably hot. It was breezy enough to not need a fan or handkerchief. And yet, the usual crowd was nowhere to be found. But then again, it’s been that way for many years now since the Ramos years. The excitement over EDSA 1 commemoration has largely subsided since 1991 onward. Largely due to disappointment over Cory’s ineffectual presidency and the realization that a nation may have expected too much from a housewife. It was a painful disillusionment for many to say the least.

    This year, declaring Feb 25 a holiday would only draw more attention to the empty chairs and sparse crowd congregating around the EDSA 1 shrine. With Paquito Ochoa urging gov’t employees to attend, nakakawalang gana talaga. Paquito Ochoa pa of all people.

  • Chris P Pnono

    anong cost bakit bakit pupunta sa edsa.walang dapat …pahalagahan ang edsa celebrasyon…

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    May pasok…

  • XY ZEE

    ES, may kasama ba yang pabola ng numerong tatama sa jueteng?
    Kasi kung wala, aksaya lang sa panahon mo yan.

  • $14334231

    why celebrate something that is not important to the people anymore….the persons who got most of the benefits were those who are still living and still enriching themselves…..forget EDSA revolution….nothing good, other than back to democracy, really came out of it…..the people power were used by the turncoats and we all know who they are…..and they’re still doing it (turncoat) to this day….celebrating it is a waste of time and money….you can make it a holiday but no more gatherings in EDSA, just like any other holidays that are observed without fanfare….it’s all for show, nothing more, nothing less….this nonsense must come to a halt….and abnoy, the son of the beneficiary, can declare to stop this useless celebration…that will make it as one of his legacies which will be much appreciated….we did forget the katipuneros who fought and many died for our freedom…this one is nothing compared to that….no more, please…..

  • rodben

    Yong mga pupunta ng EDSA syempre yong mga dating gusgusin na mga rallyiesta noon na nasa gobyerno na ngayon pati pamilya at mga milyonaryo na….at yong mga mandurukot syempre kikita sila doon mga mayayaman ba naman ang mga dadalo dahil sa KORAKOT…EDSA is the root of mass corruption in the gov’t and the root of mass poverty  and the root of become all Pinoys slaves abroad and the root of all hopeless generations….all of gov’t hospital sold to private ,all of public electric power plant sold to private, the result higher electric bill, no improvement in educational quality instead the students are teaching on how to CHEAT AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS…THAT’S THE REAL FACE OF EDSA… and i am one of those STUPID STUDENT who join in that propaganda event in 1986 shame…

  • boybakal

    Palace urges GOVT WORKERS TO TAKE PART in Edsa celebration….

    Hakot system is back….may blackmail pa…no Edsa no 13th month pay.

  • JuanTamadachi

    All of us, specially those who lived in fear and uncertainty during the martial law years, should take part in the EDSA people power anniversary celebration. It is a time for thanksgiving, a time for remembering the  many people gave up their lives that we might live in freedom anew. People like the late Edgar Jopson, Ben Veluz, who at such a young age died so we might live in a democracy again. I will be there to celebrate and to remember.

    • Garibaldi_II

      Good for you. Let me add, thousands of parents’ tears didn’t dry up while searching for their lost children; students who were forcibly vanished overnight. Thousands abandoned the safe path; they chose the dangerous path to realize the long term gain – freedom. Others sacrificed their safety to free the people from the shackles of martial rules.  Those who fought for freedom were forgotten if not ostracized. Many who became frogs today forgot when they were tadpoles. “Changing the world is as difficult as fishing without a hook.”


      • JuanTamadachi

        eloquently said, hubba great weekend mon ami.

  • carol

    By the way noong actual Edsa Revolution, wala naman si Pres. Cory sa Edsa, nasa Cebu Convent nagtatago. Yoong mga mahihirap at hanggang ngayon mahirap parin at kamag anak ni Pres. Cory, ang unang pumasok sa Malacanang.  Election kasi kaya gusto ni BS aquino na magsipunta ang lahat para magkampanya.

  • Ciano Malandag

    kalimutan na ang Edsa Revolution na yan! walang kwenta puro kwento lang.wala naman nagbago sa bayan natin.lalong naghirap.Ang mga Aquino at mga crony lang ang nakikinabang sa revolution na yan! it’s all politics.mag eeleksyon na naman.gumagawa lang kahit anong paraan para magsipunta ang mga tao para mangampanya at uto-utoin na naman ang taongbayan.gagamitin lang yan sa pangsarili nilang interes.

  • RyanE

    From FMarcos, Cory, FVR, Erap, GMA to the present PNoy.. remove Erap and GMA from the equation and the EDSA People Power Revolution could certainly be a great episode and legacy worthy of celebration. Erap and GMA are actually the spoilers of an otherwise wonderful chapter in our nation’s history.

    Anyway, I personally believe that the EDSA event and the full restoration of democracy have brought our nation more good than bad ever since, and a brighter future henceforth.


  • disqusted0fu

    People power anniversary is definitely an event worth celebrating, but having Pnoy in the celebration might only make it another usual thing where he would brag about his empty achievements, attack GMA, then promote his handpicked team for the elections. Therefore, there will be nothing special about it since that’s what Pnoy has been doing ever since. What would make it special is if he would talk about the recent controversy his PCSO board members are involved in; taking unclaimed lotto prizes. Now that would be something new and exciting!

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