BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 287
DIRECTING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL COMMISSION OF THE PHILIPPINES TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 150th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF JOSE RIZAL ON JUNE 19, 2011
WHEREAS, the patriotism and martyrdom of Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal, served as a major turning point for the Filipinos to unite as people during the struggle for freedom and independence;
WHEREAS, June 19, 2011 marks the 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal, a milestone event that shall give Filipinos ample time and opportunity to rekindle his patriotic deeds and sacrifices;
WHEREAS, in order to have meaningful celebration, proper planning, organization and implementation of activities are required.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:
SECTION 1. The Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines is hereby directed to take the lead in the planning, coordination and implementation of program of activities and events starting with the countdown activities on June 19, 2010 until June 19, 2011.
Section 2. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, as the lead agency to spearhead celebration, shall convene an inter-agency organizing task force to plan, coordinate and implement effectively all programs, projects and activities related to this milestone event.
Section 3. All departments, agencies, bureaus, offices, national agencies, local government units and government-owned and controlled corporations are hereby enjoined to give full support, assistance and cooperation to the Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in the exercise of his responsibilities under this Administrative Order.
Section 4. All branches of the government are enjoined to actively participate in the celebration, as well as to enlist the participation of private sector groups and non-government organizations, so that the commemoration of Rizal’s 150th Birth Anniversary truly reflects the spirit of patriotism, unity and national identity of the Filipino people and the nation as a whole.
Section 5. Local government units, together with the private sector groups and non-government organizations, and the Philippine Embassies abroad are likewise enjoined to celebrate this event in their respective localities, offices and posts.
Section 6. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is hereby directed to allocate the amount of TEN MILLION PESOS (P10,000,000.00) chargeable against the President Contingent Fund for the purpose and subject to existing and pertinent budgetary, auditing rules and regulations.
Section 7. In support of the celebration, all concerned government agencies and local government units, subject to budgetary laws and issuances, are authorized to allocate such amounts as may be necessary to defray expenses for the said event.
Done in the City of Manila, this 10thÂ day of June, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.
(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(Sgd.) LEANDRO R. MENDOZA
Source: MalacaÃ±ang Records Office
Office of the President of the Philippines. (2010). [Administrative Order Nos. : 111 â 288]. Manila : MalacaÃ±ang Records Office.