Leyte vice-gov underscores need to declare November 8 as special non-working holiday

By Lizbeth Ann A. Abella

TACLOBAN CITY, Aug 21 (PNA) — Leyte vice-governor Carlo P. Loreto echoed the call for the declaration of November 8 as a special non- working holiday to commemorate what had happened in that dreadful day in 2013.

“It is a good move on the part of the government , the event is something that we should not forget,” said Loreto.

“More than anything it reminds us to treasure our environment, for us to take care of our mountains, to clean our seas and to cherish the air we breathe,” he added.

The event was a testament that when the environment is pressured things like Yolanda happen, he cited.

The declaration once approved by President Benigno S. Aquino III should serve as a reminder for the people of Leyte to be prepared for any eventualities, for the government also to construct resilient government structures and for the people to listen to environmental agencies when evacuation is advised.

“I think this is the essence of the declaration- for us to remember and not to forget the lessons Yolanda brought us,” he stated.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacloban and Leyte’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan both passed resolutions urging President Aquino to declare November 8 as a special non-working holiday. (PNA)