THE House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 7544, which celebrates “National Bible Day” every last Monday of January.
Authored by Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao, the bill calls on all Christians throughout the country to unite and celebrate the Bible as the cradle of Christian faith during the special working holiday.
“As a predominantly Christian nation, the bill recognizes the value of the Holy Bible being the core of Christian faith and the foundation of spiritual, moral and social fiber as it forms and transforms the lives of people across generations,” said Pacquiao, brother of boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Based on the 2015 data of the Philippine Statistics Authority, about 90 percent of Filipinos are Christians making the Philippines the largest Christian nation in the Asia-Pacific region and the fifth largest in the world.
The bill seeks to amend Section 26, Chapter 7, Book 1 of the Administrative Code of 1987, as amended, so that the last Monday of January of every year shall be declared as National Bible Day .
The bill declares it a policy of the state to encourage development of moral character and spiritual foundation of Filipinos.
The holiness of “The Living Truth” should be celebrated by allotting a holiday for its celebration, said Pacquiao.
He also said that former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos issued Presidential Proclamations 2242, 44, and 1067, respectively, in recognition of the significance of the Holy Bible.
“The proclamations were instrumental in establishing the last week of January of every year as the ‘National Bible Week,'” he said.