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House okays Cebu Press Freedom Day as holiday

August 25th, 2017 · No Comments

An act of Congress will recognize the celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Day Sept. 21 of every year as a “special working holiday” in the entire Cebu.

The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 5688, which declares Sept. 21 each year “a special working holiday” in Cebu City and Cebu Province, including its highly urbanized and component cities. The House passed the bill on third reading last July 26 and transmitted it to the Senate last July 31.

While the Senate is expected to pass the bill of local application, the process will take two to three months before it becomes a law, Cebu City north Rep. Raul del Mar, its principal author, said.

Sept. 21, a Thursday this year, has always been the “focal point” of Cebu Press Freedom Week (CPFW), a moveable annual celebration that falls on the week that includes Sept. 21, anniversary of martial law. Michelle So, executive editor of SunStar Cebu which is this year’s lead convenor, said the 2017 Cebu Press Freedom Week will be from Sept. 16 to 23.

In 2015 separate resolutions, the House, the Cebu City Council and the Cebu Provincial Board, declared Sept. 21 of each year as Cebu Press Freedom Day. This time, the approved House bill seeks to declare the day as a special working holiday.

The Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) had recommended the legislative action to the House and the local lawmaking bodies. The press week celebration, CCPC executive director Pachico Seares said, serves as “compelling reminder for Cebu media to defend press freedom and submit to accountability.” It also “symbolizes capacity of Cebu media, despite business and professional competition, to unite for worthy goals.” []


Declaring Sept. 21
Cebu Press Freedom Day

[] House of Representatives
Resolution 231,
Sept. 15, 2015

[] Cebu City Council
Resolution 13-0703-2015,
Sept. 16, 2015

[] Cebu Provincial Board
Resolution 2201,
Sept. 3, 2015

… A special working

[] House Bill 5688,
approved on third
reading July 26, 2017;
sent to the Senate
July 31, 2017

HB 5688 making Cebu Press Freedom Day holiday in Cebu (1)


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