Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday hailed the approval on third reading of a bill declaring every last Monday of January a special working holiday to observe the 'National Bible Day’.
Voting 18-0, the senators approved Senate Bill No. 1270 or the 'National Bible Day Act’ authored by Villanueva and Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
“We welcome the passage of the 'National Bible Day’ bill on third and final reading. We believe that the Word of God is essential in our daily lives as it serves as guidance in every path we tread,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva further stressed the importance of observing the teachings of the Holy Bible.
“As stated in Proverbs 4:22, 'for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body,'” Villanueva added.
The country’s population is comprised of 93% Christians —the largest Christian population in the Asia-Pacific and the fifth largest Christian population in the world.
President Rodrigo Duterte previously declared January of every year as “National Bible Month” and every last week of January as “National Bible Week” by virtue of Proclamation No. 124.
“We commend the passion of this Chamber for supporting this measure, and giving due importance about reading and studying the Holy Bible,” Villanueva said.