By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has called on Filipinos to become “catalysts of unity and harmony” to overcome threats of discord and violence and ultimately attain peace in the country.
The President made the appeal for national solidarity as he joined the Muslim community in the commemoration of Eid’l Adha on Friday, September 1.
“With the adversities we face as a nation, let us bring forth the spirit of solidarity in our shared hope of attaining genuine and lasting peace. May this occasion invigorate you to remain steadfast in our task of ensuring triumph against elements that perpetuate discord and violence,” he said in his message.
“Together, let us become catalysts of unity and harmony in our respective communities as we firmly strive for the realization of our collective aspirations of our nation,” he said.
The government earlier declared September 1 as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha, or the Muslim feast of sacrifice. It commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.
The Muslim event comes amid government’s continued efforts to quell a rebellion launched by local terror groups in Marawi City more than three months ago. The conflict has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of families from their homes.
The President, in his message, said Ibrahim’s admirable act of obedience to Allah should serve as a reminder about the “value of sacrifice necessary in our lives.”
He said it also showed “the necessity to surrender personal comfort for the greater good.”
“This celebration is an opportunity for our Muslim countrymen to renew their faith and reaffirm their devotion to the virtues of Islam,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said employees who will report for work today will get twice their regular salary for the first eight hours of their duty.
They will also be entitled to 30 percent of their hourly rate if they will work overtime.
If the holiday will coincide with their day-off, they will also get another 30 of their daily rate.
For employees, who will opt to spend the celebration outside of work, DOLE said they will still get their full salary for that day.
President Duterte issued Proclamation 297 last Tuesday declaring September 1, 2017 as a regular holiday for the celebration of Eid’l Adha. (With a report from Samuel Medenilla)
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