Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, together with Senate officials, unveiled a brass marker containing Presidential Proclamation No. 1091, which declares October 2015 to October 2016 as Centennial Year of the Senate of the Philippines, dubbed “Sandigan ng Demokrasya, Dangal ng Sambayanang Pilipino.”
The unveiling of the brass marker is one of the activities that kicked-off the year-long celebration of the Senate centennial.
“Activities that carry the centennial theme will allow our fellow Filipinos to understand the role of the Senate in nation-building, what it had done in the past, and what it continues to do for the country today,” Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes said.
The Senate was first established on October 16, 1916 during the American Commonwealth period. Created under the Jones Law or the Philippine Autonomy Act, it was patterned after the American system of governance and bicameral form of legislature.
“It is timely and fitting to honor this institution’s history and contribution to economic development, social justice, and political maturity, and its defense and promotion of democratic values,” the Presidential proclamation said.
Proclamation 1091 also called on all national government offices, government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), and local government units (LGUs), to support and extend “assistance and cooperation in the observance of the Centennial Year of the Senate.”
According to Yabes, the proclamation sets into motion different activities and programs of the Senate throughout the nation which will culminate in the 100th year of the institution in October 16, 2016.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, who signed the proclamation last August 7, said the Senate has “become a revered democratic institution that consistently upholds the national interest, protects civil, political and human rights, and promotes transparency and accountability in public service.”
Monday’s kick-off centennial activities included the awarding of service excellence awards to outstanding employees, a bike and fun run led by Senator Franklin Drilon, and a fireworks display.