Malacañang has issued Proclamation No. 255 declaring October 21, a special non-working day in Negros Oriental, in line with the 6th Buglasan Festival celebration of the province to give Negrense to celebrate and participate in the occasion.

Presidential Proclamation No. 255 was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. The declaration was read during the regular session at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The SP had earlier passed a resolution requesting the President to declare October 21 as special non-working holiday for the province.

Board Member Liland Estacion said Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (Neg. Or., 1st District) is preparing to file a bill in Congress that will automatically declare the third Friday of October every year as Buglasan holiday in Negros Oriental.

She said the bill, if approved, will spare the provincial government from asking the President to declare a special non-working day for the festival. She said she believes that Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) and Rep. Pryde Henry Teves (Neg. Or., 3rd District) are in favor of the move.

The 6th Buglasan Festival will open tomorrow with the Buglasan Farm Family Congress at 9 a.m. and grand opening of the LGU booths in the afternoon at the Sidlakang Negros Village at E.J. Blanco road in Dumaguete City.

Governor Roel Degamo and other local chief executives and officials are expected to attend.*MA