August 30, 2021 Monday
MANILA, 30 August 2021 — In commemoration of National Heroes’ Day, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) honors not only our historical heroes, but also modern-day frontliners who are tirelessly serving in the midst of the health and climate crises.
The country observes National Heroes' Day today to remember known and unknown heroes of the revolution who laid the foundation for the country's independence following centuries of colonization.
This day also commemorates the Cry of Pugad Lawin, a revolt that sparked the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish empire, along with the long fight of Filipinos for freedom.
Our courageous and selfless Filipino heroes fought for peace, justice, and the country's independence more than a century ago. However, in today's world, Filipinos face a new battle: continuing essential work and public service under tremendous risk due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus, and those who are tenaciously fighting for climate justice.
For the CCC, the doctors, nurses, health workers, police and members of the armed forces, teachers, the utility staff, attendants in groceries and retail, food and cargo delivery drivers, fisherfolk and farmers, market vendors, journalists, security personnel, overseas workers, dedicated government workers at the national and local levels, especially those who sacrificed their lives to save others — must be honored and commended.
The CCC also lauds the people pursuing climate negotiations, in grassroots campaigns, and serving with community-based organizations, and every Filipino who champions climate justice.