President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. enjoined the predominantly Catholic population on Sunday to “become better agents of change” and “conveyors of truth” by knowing Christ more during the observance of the Holy Week.
In his message, the President said while it may be “difficult to comprehend,” the message of salvation and eternal life “remains as timely as ever.”
“I urge all of us now to make this promise personal: Let it stir in each of us the desire to know Jesus Christ more so that we may become better agents of change and conveyors of truth wherever we go,” President Marcos said.
“No matter how constant or diverse the occasion is in the Filipino psyche, one thing emerges true each time: That God, in His divine and everlasting wisdom, manifested His immeasurable and incomparable love to us all through the very human person of Jesus Christ,” Mr. Marcos said.
As Filipinos are presented with the chance to deeply contemplate the impact of Christ’s passion and death, President Marcos said it is “inevitable that our thoughts will gravitate to the events and challenges of recent years.”
Malacañan earlier announced half-day work on Wednesday for executive department agencies to give employees ample time to travel to their home provinces for the Lenten holiday.
The Philippine National Police has assembled over 78,000 to reinforce security during the observation of Holy Week and summer vacation inthe country.
About 38,387 policemen will be stationed for enhanced police visibility through mobile and foot patrols, while 39,504 cops will be placed in specific areas with high numbers of travelers.
PNP assistance hubs and desks were set up to aid the public with their concerns and complaints.
The PNP also intensified checkpoint operations to ensure the safety and security of all commuters.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has announced that it will be on heightened alert during Holy Week to ensure safe and secure navigation in the country’s waters
In a statement, Marina said the alert is in line with the Department of Transportation’s drive to ensure the safety of all passengers traveling during Holy Week.