The Department of the Interior and Local Government and City Legal Office informed the public that there will be work and classes in all public and private institutions in Dumaguete City today.
Republic Act No. 7243 declares every November 24 as a special non-working holiday in Dumaguete to mark the Charter Day anniversary, but the DILG said there is no legal basis to declare today a special non-working holiday even if it is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the city’s patroness.
Meanwhile, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo paid reverence to the city’s patroness, saying, “Our faith compels us to minister to the needy, advocate for justice, and promote peace by bearing witness to the living gospel.”
Remollo told fellow parishioners on the 399th Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria that Dumaguete is home to a community of believers, under the tutelage of Bishop Julito Cortes, who put emphasis on the use of the intellect and high moral sense of righteousness to promote peace through constant and meaningful dialog.
This year’s fiesta theme is “St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish: Celebrating Peace in Dialogue”.
Alluding to the series of shootings and crimes, Remollo expressed optimism that “amid some incidents of violence that assault our morals and cause us grief, we need to re-affirm our commitment to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ to become instruments of peace and follow the example of our revered Patroness, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who converted many unbelievers through the strength of her wisdom and virtuous life.”*
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