Beng enjoins private, gov’t agencies to display flag PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2015 09:00

Mayor Beng Climaco has enjoined all agencies or offices—both government and non-government including business establishments, learning institutions and private homes to display the Philippine flag conspicuously in their respective buildings or establishments in line with the observance of National Flag Day.

This, as the mayor yesterday morning spearheaded the National Flag Day program jointly organized by the Caballeros de Colon de Zamboanga (Knights of Columbus) amd the 4th Degree of the Nuestra Senora Virgen del Pilar Assembly and the City Government at the Rizal Park fronting City Hall.

The mayor’s request for the display of Filipino flags is pursuant to a memorandum circular issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government based on the provisions of Republic Act 8491 otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

Under this Act, all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, schools and private homes are enjoined to display the Philippine flag from May 28 to June 12, which is observed as the National Independence Day.

Mayor Climaco has instructed City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. to write all offices and organizations to encourage the display of Filipino flags conspicuously in their  respective establishments or buildings in compliance with the Republic Act and the DILG circular.

In light of the challenging times, the display of the Filipino flags will show Zamboangueños’ unity and solidarity standing as one under one flag and one nation. “Let us demonstrate this by unfurling our national flag.”

The observance of the National Flag Day yesterday kicked off with a parade by the members of the Knights of Columbus from the PLDT in Mayor Jaldon Street to the Rizal Monument in front of City Hall where a fitting program was held. A flag raising ceremony commenced the program.

National Flag Day marks the day when the Philippine flag was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army headed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan in Cavite on May 18, 1898.

In her message, Mayor Climaco exhorted Zamboangueños to remain one with the country under one flag one, one nation, one Zamboanga and one Republic of the Philippines.

Amidst the many challenges brought about by security and the prospect of a Bangsamoro territory, the  residents of the City, according to the mayor, should remain firm in its conviction to be out of the core  territory.

She called on all residents to also continuously support and cooperate with the authorities in the security efforts.

The  mayor likewise  thanked the Knights of Columbus for yearly spearheading the activity and for continuously displaying the values of patriotism and love for country.

Among the Knights members who took part in the program were SK Alvin Tahir, Faithful Navigator, NSVDP Assembly; SK Jose Tan Jr., Mindanao State Warden; SK Nelson Basa, District Deputy Z-02; SK Efren Santos, faithful navigator of St. John Paul Assembly and SK Vic Liozo. — Sheila Covarrubias