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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Iligan City celebrates National Flag Day

Iligan City – Among Iligan’s major community programs undertaken yearly is the joint observance of three civic events celebrated very closely to each other.

This year’s triple celebration will give life to the observance of the National Flag Day on May 28, the 111th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, and the 59th City Charter Anniversary on June 16.

A Management Committee was created through Executive Order No. 51, signed in March 2009, by Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, which constitutes three Technical Working Committees that will attend to the details of the triple celebration.

City Councilor Ariel P. Anghay, Sangguniang Panlunsod, Iligan City, has been appointed to be the chairman of the Management Committee, assisted by over-all Secretariat Agnes M. Clerigo-Maingat, head of the City Tourism Office.

The city will memorialize starting from the traditional observance of the National Flag Day with a program at the city public plaza to be led by the key officials of the city.

The Department of Education (DepEd), headed by City Schools Division Superintendent Domingo V. Samson shall coordinate pertaining to activities for this event.

Councilor Anghay said they sent out a copy of the Executive Order to all sectors of the community to participate, especially in the hanging and display of Philippine Flag along their area.

The country’s kick-off launching of the National Flag Day will be on May 25th. It is a campaign to all government offices, business , non-governmental organizations, industries, the local government unit, and the general public, the need to promote public awareness of good citizenship values such as love of country, respect for the flag and the elderly, patriotism and nationalism.

Likewise, the need to promote and sustain reverence and respect for the Filipino flag, the National Anthem and other national symbols, which embody national ideals and traditions, said Anghay.

Thus, it is only appropriate for all sectors to appreciate the observance of the amalgamated affair, extend their support, and avail of opportunities to promote the city’s culture, tradition, people, socio-economic, tourism, agro-industry and ethnic interests, stressed Councilor Anghay.

For this year, the theme is consistent with the 111th Independence Day Celebration theme which is: “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan, Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan”. (Lorry V. Gabule, PIA-Lanao del Norte)