Aquino declares 2014 as INC Centennial Year
July 4, 2014 (updated)
President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 815 declaring the year 2014 as “Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Year.”
The President also authorized the creation of an inter-agency task force to ensure smooth and safe observance of the religious group’s centennial celebration on July 27.
“In order to enhance awareness of its contributions in national development, it is appropriate that the occasion be marked and commemorated by declaring 2014 as Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Year,” the proclamation read.
The INC which was established by Bro. Felix Y. Manalo will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 27, 2014 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The proclamation cited that INC has made “significant contributions in bringing spiritual maturity, spreading the love of Christ and nurturing the religious life of the nation since 1914.”
“The Iglesia ni Cristo has spread its ministry in at least 102 countries, hence its centennial celebration is a worldwide event,” the proclamation read.
The same proclamation also directed the Postmaster General to cause the design, printing and issuance of a special stamp to commemorate the INC event.
The President also issued Memorandum Circular No. 66 creating the “Task Force Sentenaryo” for the INC centennial anniversary. The new task force will take charge of government actions “to ensure smooth coordination among public and private sectors, maintain peace and order, ensure safety of participants and prepare a traffic management plan” during the INC event.
It will be headed by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino.