MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III will have a busy week leading to his 54th birthday on Feb. 8, Malacañang said Monday.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the ceremonial turnover of 66,813 classrooms in Cavite was only the first of several public engagements this week.
Lacierda said the President is also due to receive the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago (PMAC), whose members conduct medical and surgical missions in the Philippines annually.
For this year, he said the PMAC “continue their tradition of helping their countrymen this year by taking their operations to Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte,” areas hit hard by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
At the end of the week, the President will witness the retirement ceremony of Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, along with the change of command ceremony.
The President will also be the guest of honor at the 50th anniversary and thanksgiving program of the Elsie Gaches Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Elsie Gaches Village is the first and largest government residential care facility for persons with development and learning disabilities.
President Aquino marks his 54th birthday on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lacierda noted Monday’s turnover, which wipes out the 66,800-classroom backlog “sets the tone for the rest of the official week, and in fact, of the year ahead.”
“They underscore our administration’s belief that despite the challenges that we have faced and continue to face, so long as we work together, our people can reach new milestones and open new chapters of service, all with the goal of uplifting our countrymen,” he said. (MNS)