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Local Government Day

Tomorrow will be observed in the country as Local Government Day.

The observance is mandate by Proclamation No. 63 issued by President Fidel Ramos in 1992.

The proclamation also declares the observance of October as Local Government Month and the second week of the month as Local Government Week. The date was chosen as R. A. No. 7160

Republic Act No. 7160, known as the Local Government Code, was signed into law on Oct. 10, 1991. It cites the vital role of the local government as partner of the national government in the attainment of the overall development goals of the country.

World Mental Health Day

The global community will mark World Mental Health Day tomorrow.

WMHD is observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The day provides an occasion for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The observance focuses on the need of “working together to prevent suicide”.

The World Health Organization, in emphasizing the need for concerted efforts toward mental health care promotion, reiterated the fact that every 40 seconds someone loses or her life to suicide.

World Post Day

Today is World Post Day.

The Oct. 9 celebration commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.

WPD was declared by the United Postal Union Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

Fire Prevention Day

Today is also being observed as World Fire Prevention Day.

The day commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that burned from Oct. 8 to early Oct. 10, 1871. The fire killed hundreds and destroyed about 9 sq. kms. square miles of property.

World Egg Day

An international will be marked on Friday – World Egg Day.

Promoters of the event say the day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of eggs. The observance was introduced by the International Egg Commission in 1996. The main objective of this day is to boost the consumption of eggs.

They cite the various uses of eggs, especially chicken eggs, in the cuisine – from the usual fried, boiled or poached menu to baked products and pickles, among others.

Eggs add protein to a person's diet, as well as various other nutrients, they add.

Egg-travaganza Festival

This is the week of Egg-travaganza Festival in the town of San Jose in Batangas.

The town is known as the egg basket of the region. It is also a major poultry producer. The festival honors the town’s patron, St. Joseph.

The Eggtravaganza falls on the week of the World Egg Day celebration. A highlight of the celebration is the showcase of various egg-based menus.

World Sight Day

Tomorrow will be marked as World Sight Day.

The event, observed every second Thursday, is an awareness campaign aimed to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Spearheading the observance is the International Agency
for the Prevention of Blindness.

World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar.

Asking people when the last time they had an eye examination, IAPB called on them to “pledge to take an eye exam—and encourage others to do the same.”

The association noted that myopia and diabetic retinopathy are set to increase vision impairment in the coming decades, adding that cataract, refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, ROP – eye care issues impact every age group and their well-being.*

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