CATBALOGAN CITY- All employees and some field personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH)- Samar II joined the simultaneous flag ceremonies synchronized with all government agencies, ground owned and control corporation, and LGUs nationwide during the National Flag Day Celebration.
The same was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM at the DPWH Compound as consonance with Memorandum Circular No. 2019-76 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) enjoining DPWH and all Local Government Units (LGU) to conduct Flag Raising Ceremony Nationwide.
According to Pronove Tai website, this event was the first in Philippine history when privately owned business districts and residential villages advanced their flag display ahead of June 12 Independence Day and held simultaneous flag ceremonies to celebrate the National Flag Day.
This is also in line with 120th anniversary when the Philippine Flag was first unfurled by Emilio Aguinaldo to signify victory over Spanish colonialism in a historic battle of Alapan in Imus Cavite.
“Stop and Salute” is the present campaign of Salute to a Clean Flag movement – a non-political citizen’s initiative that aims to reignite patriotism through the abundant and proper display of the Philippine Flag.
This movement aims to spark renewed respect and love for the Philippine flag, through the re-education of the private sector in proper and visible flag management.
This celebration is the year’s project of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and Pronov Tai International Property Consultants.
The DPWH issued a memorandum dated May 16, 2019 signed by B. Elizabeth Yap, Assistant Secretary for Support Services, directing all Undersecretaries, Asst. Secretaries, Bureau Directors, Regional Directors, Heads of UPMOs, and District Engineers to actively take part of the said national celebration.
During the flag ceremony, Creole Montallana, Administrative Officer (AO) thanked the DPWH Samar II management and to all employees for showing their respect to the one flag of the country which symbolizes victory and unity of every Filipino.
“I think we succeeded, we were united as one. There was no color, no height, and no odor. At least we are one Filipino saluting to one flag and that is the flag of the Republic of the Philippines”, he said.