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On 21 December 2020, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea issued a memorandum to the members of the executive branch to support the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP). This is to ensure more coordinated and synchronized celebrations of the quincentennials and wider participation from the government and non-government or private organizations. Being the concurrent Chairperson of the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), the Executive Secretary stresses that the observance of quincentennials deserves full support in terms of the widest possible information dissemination activities so as to mobilize widespread public participation in quincentennial activities.
For more details, especially the contexts, kindly follow this link: https://nqc.gov.ph/en/about/
The extent of celebration across the country. Map produced by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
By virtue of EO 55 and EO 103, NQC encourages all government institutions, especially the Executive Branch, to integrate the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines in their plans, programs, activities, events, and strategies for 2021 to 2022 concerning but not limited to formal and non-formal education, economy, diplomacy, science, technology and agriculture, media, natural and cultural heritage, tourism, sports, youth empowerment and community mobilization, and military affairs. These shall be coordinated with the Committee for alignment and proper documentation.
For existing projects and programs, kindly follow this link for reference: https://bit.ly/3dHrnKF
The quincentennial theme Victory and Humanity becomes more meaningful as we fight together with our own battle against coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Activities, projects, programs, and initiatives shall celebrate our triumphant spirit, nobleness, and bravery, inspired by the examples of selflessness, courage, and greatness of our ancestors since the time of Lapulapu and his gallant defenders of Mactan. Meanwhile, our culture of compassion and oneness with humankind shall also be celebrated, drawing inspiration from the kindness our ancestors in Guiuan, Eastern Samar had shown the scurvy-stricken, undernourished, starving, and dehydrated crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. In 1522, this expedition completed the first circumnavigation of the world and empirically proved that the Earth was indeed round. The said achievement of the expedition advanced our understanding of our home planet vis-à-vis the development of science and technology.
For more information, kindly check this out: https://nqc.gov.ph/en/resources/let-the-quincentennial-begin/
Government institutions are encouraged to:
Participating government institutions are authorized to allocate funds as may be necessary to defray the expenditures which may be incurred, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
Given the significance of the milestones, it is our responsibility for posterity to bequeath a memory and an example of how we strived to celebrate as a nation in the midst of a pandemic. All participating government institutions are required to consolidate their activity reports and have them deposited, in print and digital forms, to the NQC Secretariat on or before 31 December 2022 for inclusion in the comprehensive terminal report. E.O. 103, s. 2020 designated NHCP as the depositary of the institutional memory of the 2021 QCP. The reportorial form can be accessed here [https://bit.ly/3rtPke3].