PIA News Service - Monday, May 25, 2009

DENR-Caraga spearheads National Flag Day celebration in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (25 May) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Caraga Region spearheads the celebration of this year’s National Flag Day in this city.


Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), all in Caraga Region, led the motorcade that kicks-off the National Flag Day celebration in Butuan City this morning (May 25) along the national highway going to the city’s Rizal Park. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

As early as 6:30 this morning (May 25), regional line agencies led by DENR-Caraga, together with the local government unit of this city assembled at the city’s sports complex for a motorcade going to the Rizal Park. Afterwhich, a short program was held facilitated by DENR-Caraga.

During the singing of the national anthem by DENR-Caraga’s Kalikasan Choir, Regional Executive Director Edilberto Buiser led the hoisting of the Philippine flag participated by some of the city’s officials and heads of offices of the regional and local line agencies.


Heads of different regional line agencies are shown here hoisting the Philippine Flag during the program conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in celebration of the National Flag Day today (May 25) at the Rizal Park in Butuan City. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

In his speech, RED Buiser emphasized this year’s theme “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan” as exceptional qualities for Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao.

“The theme appropriately articulated our national sense of pride being Filipinos especially after what happened early this month when our very own ‘People’s Champ’ Manny Pacquiao demolished European Champion Ricky Hatton. That day, the Philippine flag flew and with it, we gain the admiration and respect of the people from other countries”, Buiser said.

Heads of regional line agencies prepare their wreath during the wreath-laying ceremony held in time with the celebration of the National Flag Day today (May 25) in Butuan City Rizal Park. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

Buiser also said that for the second year, DENR is very proud because their Secretary, the Hon. Jose L. Atienza, Jr. is once again designated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the head of the National Flag Day Committee.

Moreover, Buiser said Sec. Atienza attests that our national flag mirrors our country’s rich natural resources and the sacrifices made by our heroes for the welfare of generations of Filipinos. “As we give respect to our national flag, we also pay revenue and love to our country and our heroes”, he said.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga Regional Executive Director Edilberto Buiser delivers his Welcome Message before the state workers who participated the kick-off activity in time with the National Flag Day celebration in Butuan City. RED Buiser emphasized this year’s theme “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan” as exceptional qualities for Filipinos like what “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao did in his boxing fights. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

Also present during the activity are Congressman Jose Aquino II of the 1st Congressional District of Butuan City and Las Nieves who is represented by Paquito Ato, and Butuan City Vice Mayor Dino Claudio Sanchez who delivered the speech in behalf of Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)


“Love of country, respect for the flag, two of the first lessons we learn from Constitution,” says Butuan Mayor

BUTUAN CITY (25 May) – “Love of country and respect for the flag, are two of the first and foremost lessons that we learn from our Constitution”.

This is the opening statement of Butuan City Mayor Democrito Plaza II during the kick-off activity in time wit the city’s celebration of the National Flag Day.

Butuan City Vice-Mayor Dino Claudio Sanchez delivers the speech in behalf of Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II during the kick-off activity in time with the National Flag Day celebration in Butuan City. In his opening statement, Mayor Plaza pointed out that the “Love of country and respect for the flag, are two of the first and foremost lessons that we learn from our Constitution”. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

Delivered by Vice Mayor Dino Claudio Sanchez before the government officials and employees this morning (May 25) at the city’s Rizal Park, Mayor Plaza pointed out the importance of Republic Act 8491, otherwise known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code”.

Mayor Plaza said the law encourages us to give respect and reverence to our symbol of sovereignty and solidarity, and to promote awareness of good citizenship and values among our people.

“Today, here in Butuan, we display the flag to show patriotism and unity. Every Filipino must take this simple act seriously, since respect for our flag is what makes a nation great”, Plaza said.

Plaza also said the celebration should remind us not only for great acts of courage of our ancestors who had built their dreams just to have our flag officially displayed and recognized.

Mayor Plaza likewise lauded the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for the patriotism and nationalism shown to the world. “Although millions of Filipinos have chosen to live abroad, most of them remain to be loyal to our nation and continually live their life fruitfully as true Filipinos in their hearts”, he said.

Addressing before government officials and employees, Mayor Plaza’s speech enjoined state workers to act as primemovers for change.

“It is true that the display of our flag carries with it our ideals and aspirations as one nation – a people with distinct culture and tradition. But true freedom is not just living in a democratic world. As public servants, we should act as primemovers for change”, Mayor Plaza said.

The celebration of the national flag day here kicked-off with a motorcade along the national highway of the city proceeding to Rizal Park where a short program was conducted. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan solon calls Butuanons to behold our national flag

BUTUAN CITY (25 May) – Agusan del Norte First District Congressman Jose S. Aquino II of Butuan City and Las Nieves called Butuanons and Caraganons to behold our national flag which by law, custom and tradition is a national symbol.

The call was made by the congressman in his speech, delivered by his Executive Assistant Mr. Paquito Ato during the National Flag Day celebration in this city this morning (May 25) at the city’s Rizal Park.


Mr. Paquito Ato, Executive Assistant of Cong. Jose S. Aquino II of the First Congressional District of Agusan del Norte representing Butuan City and Las Nieves delivers his message during the kick-off activity in time with the National Flag Day celebration in Butuan City. In his speech, Cong. Aquino called Butuanons and Caraganons to behold our national flag which by law, custom and tradition is a national symbol. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)


Cong. Aquino also said, the national flag should be treated with dignity and respect as it represents the Filipino People equally of whatever background, race, religion or gender. It is a reminder of the contributions of the past and present generations that will be passed on to the future generations.

Aquino also mentioned the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, also known as Republic Act 8491 every year, from May 25 to June 12 during the Philippine Independence celebration, where he enjoined all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, schools and private homes to display the Philippine flag throughout this period.

Through this, Aquino said, we must give respect and reverence to our symbol of national sovereignty and solidarity. “The Philippine flag is the embodiment of all our country’s ideals, culture and tradition”, he said.

Moreover, Aquino said, history unveils the remarkable truth that the national flag is a national standard bearing the tears and blood of Filipinos. Hence, we are morally and socially obliged to show reverence, respect and love for it.

Prior to the short program, a motorcade along the city’s national highway was conducted participated by regional line agencies and the local government unit of this city.

With the successful conduct of the kick-off activity this morning, Cong. Aquino lauded the efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga through Regional Executive Director Edilberto Buiser.

This year’s National Flag Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan”. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)