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CAPAS, TARLAC – Dated March 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM, all public and private Capas grade 11 students joined by 300 participants including teachers, parents, government employees and volunteers are to render a 7Km walk to show youth’s patriotism and nationalism to commemorate and revere the bravery of 60,000-80,000 Filipino and American soldiers who have marked the renowned Death March in the year 1942.

In pursuance of the Article II, Section 13 of the 1987 Constitution whereas, “the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and scoail well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs;” Capas Mayor Reynaldo L. Catacutan have ordered all grade 11 students from public and private  schools to march from Brgy. Sto. Domingo II Death March Marker to the Capas National Shrine before they graduate on his Executive Order No. 08, Series of 2017.

“Under the mandate of the Philippine Constitution, we in the local government unit should aim to instill patriotism and nationalism among Capaseño youth. Despite the fact that technology has taken over the minds of many, students, as youth, should learn to involve themselves in advocacies, cultural events, and public and civic affairs as these activities will build their strong character and identities,” Mayor Catacutan said.

According to the local chief executive, Capas is not only a home to the gigantic 100 ft. shrine obelisk, but a municipality where hallmarks of nationalism and bravery lies.

“Capas is a melting pot, it is an amalgam of different cultures but its history remains the same in the heart of the locals and we want to keep it that way even amongst the youth and the next generation of Capaseños,” Catacutan added.

Issued earlier in his previous 9-year term as an undefeated mayor, the E.O was recently modified and signed for immediate effectivity last February 9, 2017 in relation with the changes in the education system and in respect to the K-12 Education Program.

Meanwhile, the LGU invites all for the health walk re-visiting history and the beauty of Capas on the said date from Km. 106, Death March Marker of Brgy. Sto. Domingo II, Capas Tarlac.

For inquiries, please call (045) 925-0408 local 203 and look for Mdm. Lucille Espirie Baun, Executive Assisntant for Education at the Executive Assisntants’ Office or e-mail us on our facebook and google account [email protected].

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