CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, April 9 (PIA) -- Officials of the city government of San Fernando commended on Friday the bravery and selflessness of medical workers in the fight against COVID-19.
"The bravery of our Death March heroes then is reflected in our current situation through our medical workers, frontliners, and other people who show compassion to their fellow human beings," Mayor Edwin Santiago said during the commemoration of the Day of Valor in the city.
Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said the real message of the Day of Valor remains strong despite the pandemic.
"If we compare it to past years, our commemoration this year is simpler, especially when we started with our COVID-19 pandemic response. However, that doesn't mean we forget the important historical records, especially in our city and our country," Pangilinan said.
For his part, Philippine Veterans Bank San Fernando Branch Manager Marlon Manalac said the bank continues to serve the families of the veterans.
"Our service to veterans and their descendants continues. We are continuously assisting them and catering their needs such as their pension," he said.
Manalac added that based on their data, 20 percent of the bank's annual net income is allocated for the benefit of the war veterans and their families.
The San Fernando branch, he said, is catering to more than a thousand Kapampangan war veterans.
Highlight of this year's commemoration in the city is the wreath-laying ceremony at the Death March marker at the San Fernando Old Train Station.
The officials also offered flowers at the station's "Wall of Valor", where names of Filipino war veterans, including Fernandino doctors and soldiers, were posted.
Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan is observed every year in the country in honor of Filipino soldiers who defended the nation against Japanese forces during the Second World War.
This year's commemoration carries the theme "Kagitingan ay Gawing Gabay, Pandemya ay Mapagtatagumpayan". (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)