PIA News Service - Monday, June 10, 2013



Surigao City joins celebration of 115th Philippine Independence

By Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, June 10 (PIA) – The city government of Surigao City will join the nation in commemoration of this year’s 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration June 12, 2013.

The celebration will start with a National Prayer at 7:00 in the morning at the City Hall Grounds to be led by Christine Edillor from Northeastern Mindanao College (NEMCO).

To be followed by the entry of Philippine Flag by the City PNP, Flag Raising ceremony to be led by the city and provincial officials and the singing of the National Anthem by the students of Surigao West Central Elementary School.

During the said event, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Gov. Sol F. Matugas, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Guillermo Romarate, Jr, and 1st District Representative Francisco T. Matugas are expected to give inspirational messages.

The Surigao West Central Elementary School will have a presentation, and the City Chorale Ensemble will sing “Ako Ay Pilipino.”

Officials and representative from different government agencies, non-government organizations, socio-civic organizations and local media are expected to attend the said event. (City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PRO 13 conducts worn-out flag disposal ceremony

By PO3 Zena Menioria Panaligan

BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) -- The Philippine flag is the emblem of our national identity, integrity and independence. Naturally, respect and awe shall at all times be rendered, even if it is worn out and to be disposed of.

The Ceremony for Disposal of Worn-out Flags is outlined in Section 14 of Republic Act No. 8491, passed by the 15th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines, February 12, 1998.

To coincide with Flag Day, the first ever worn-out flag disposal ceremony in the region was held infront of the Police Regional Office 13 Headquarters at 4 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The Philippine flag was lowered solemnly and slowly from the mast and was down on the last note of the Philippine National Anthem. PCSupt Mario O Soriano, DRDA, headed the recitation of the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas.

Former Congresswoman Charito B. Plaza represented “Inang Bayan” and reminded those present that the first Filipino Flag was made by women. She was then assisted by regional director Napeñas in placing the flag to the fire.

As the ashes are being gathered by local organization such as PNP, BJMP, BFP, AFP and Boy Scouts, the “TAPS” sounded. The ashes were then placed in an urn, with designated officials marching with it to the designated burial ground.

As the assembly disperses, flowers were given, symbolic white balloons are launch and some patriotic songs were sung led by PSSupt Cedrick G Train, of PRO 13.

“Not everyone knows that the Philippine Flag should be discharged properly, nor do they know that only military organizations, the Boy Scouts, and Girls Scouts are the only ones the law allows to properly dispose of flags.” PCSupt Napeñas said. “We hope this will be an event that the entire community will come out and support,” he added.

“It is the hope of the organizations that are coming together for this event that it will educate the citizens on the importance of proper protocol in disposing the Philippine flag and bring together the community in a positive and patriotic manner,” he concluded.

The purpose of the Police Regional Office 13 in adopting this ceremony is to show and encourage the Filipino to give due respect for the National symbol and to provide for disposal of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner. (NCLM/PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte conducts consultative meeting to all school administrators

By Arturo M. Cruje

SURIGAO CITY, June 10 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte has conducted a consultative conference with school administrators in the elementary and secondary levels in the province.

The conference was called, in time for the second term of the present administration, and the opening of classes.

The main purpose of the conference is to assess current situation of the three DepEd Divisions and review the Education Road Map which was crafted (3) years ago.

The review is important in order to validate its relevance and compliance to the needs of the times and alignment to the vision of the province through the HEALS development agenda of the province. (SDR/PPDO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)