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DILG calls on LGUs to observe "Araw ng Pambansang Watawat" on May 28

Tacloban City (May 21) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government is enjoining all local government executives to observe the National Flag Day on May 28.

In a memorandum circular dated May 14, DILG Under Secretary for Local Government Austero Panadero informed the LGEs that the National Flag Day is celebrated every May 28 of the year pursuant to Executive Order No. 179.

As a kick off ceremony for Independence Day celebration, the said EO mandates the display of National Flags and streamers in all government buildings, schools, hospitals, public parks, restaurants, hotels, department stores, malls and banks starting May 28 to June 12, 2010.

This year's commemoration of the National Flag Day coincides with the 112th Anniversary of the Historic Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite, is being spearheaded by the National Historical Commission of the Philippnes which until May 12, 2010 was known as the National Historical Institute.

In view of this, USec Panadero enjoined all local government executives to conduct simple but meaningful activities such as flag raising ceremonies, wreath-laying rites in honor of national and local heroes, civic parade, cultural presentations on May 28.

Thereafter, they are enjoined to display prominently the National Flag in government buildings and major thoroughfare in local government units until June 12.

The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, also known as Republic Act 8491, states that every year, from May 28 (National Flag Day) to June 12 (Independence Day), all private and public facilities are enjoined to display the Philippine flag visibly in their premises throughout this period.

This is to give respect and reverence to the country's highest symbol of national sovereignty and solidarity.

RA 8491 prescribes the design of the flag and sets penalties for its desecration. (PIA 8) [top]

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