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San GuillermoWhile all local government units nationwide are closed for the Chinese New Year, it’s regular working day on January 31, 2014 for Municipal officials and employees of the Municipal Government of Dalaguete.  This as Dalaguete Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante issued Memorandum No. 6 series of 2014 declaring regular work on said day not only to ensure continuous service to the public, (January 31 is the last day of filing for business permits), but more importantly to rally the Roman Catholic faithful for the Opening Salvo of the town’s 303rd founding anniversary celebration both as a parish and as a town this coming February 9 and 10, 2014. National and local government officials based in Dalaguete are the main pilgrims of the first Holy Mass and Novena for this year’s Annual Town Fiesta. Municipal employees who reported for work on January 31, 2014 will be entitled to a compensating day-off that can be availed for at most one year. 

This year is an exceptional thanksgiving celebration in that Dalaguete had recently been hit and survived with minimum infrastructural damage and zero human casualty by two major earthquakes twenty months apart (a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that devastated the neighbouring island of Negros Oriental last Feb 6, 2012 and a magnitude 7.2 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in the adjacent province of Bohol last October 15, 2013) and two super typhoons eleven months apart (Typhoon Pablo last Dec 3, 2012 and Typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013). Thus, holding of a working day to ensure the smooth thanksgiving celebration in honour of Him above for continuously sparing the town is a befitting way of spending January 31. 

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