LGUs and public urged to participate in Kalayaan 2016 activities

Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) calls on the support of all provincial governors and city and municipal mayors to the Simultaneous Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying Ceremonies in places of national significance in their respective areas of jurisdiction on 8 am on June 12, 2016 in observance of the 118th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence. 

“I enjoin local chief executives (LCEs) to coordinate with the local offices of the national government agencies in your areas as well as the private sector and non-government organizations or people's organizations in your places for the Simultaneous Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying Ceremonies on Sunday,” said Sarmiento. 

Secretary Sarmiento also urges local government units (LGUs) to hold other programs and activities appropriate for the occasion such as display of Philippine flag in LGU offices, civic parade, and the likes. 

In Eastern Visayas, DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. stressed on the role of LGUs in leading the celebration of Independence Day. 

"As the event falls on a Sunday, I call on our governors, mayors, punong barangays and other civil servants to take special measures to promote public awareness and hold menaingful activities upholding the values of patriotism, service and freedom, " said Dir. Noval. 

With the theme “Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong”, the Simultaneous Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying Ceremonies will concurrently be held in Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City, Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion in Manila North Cemetery, Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City, Pamintuan House in Angeles City, Cebu City, Davao City, and Quezon City. 

“LCEs in the National Capital Region are encouraged to provide ambulances and fire trucks to be stationed in strategic locations at the Rizal Park, Manila during the said event,” said Sarmiento. 

On Sunday, there will also be an afternoon program in Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila to be highlighted by a flyby of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and military and civic parade at 3 pm. In the evening at 6 pm, the public may enjoy the sight of fireworks display. 

The said parade dubbed as “The Kalayaan 2016 Grand Parade” will be opened spectacularly by a ten-minute musical dance drama presentation called “Bagong Bayan, Bagong Buhay”. 

Aside from the spectacles, Secretary Sarmiento said, “Pampamahalaang Programa at Serbisyo such as exhibits, skills demonstration, trade fairs, and government services are there on site at Burnham Green Western Section, Rizal Park, Manila since Friday to Sunday from June 10 to 12 at 8am to 5pm.” 

Sarmiento further shared that the line Department or Agencies shall present cluster-floats that exemplify the accomplishments of the Aquino government that evidently contributed to socio-economic growth of the country. 

The DILG and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will present a float showcasing good governance and anti-corruption. Human development and poverty reduction will be the theme of the float of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). 

As to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Finance, their float will feature economic development. Security, justice and peace will be the float theme of the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Justice (DOJ0, and DILG. 

Climate change adaptation will be the float display of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE). 
A float on landmark legislation of the Aquino administration will also be shown up.
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