PNP calls for unity in pushing for nation's progress
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (19 June) -- As we have once again experienced the fruit of our independence by exercising our freedom to vote, in freely choosing our next leaders during the May 10, 2010 automated election, let us now work together in unity in pushing for complete freedom for the Filipino people and total progress for our country'.
This was the challenge posed by Police Regional Office ? Cordillera (PRO-Cor) Director, PCSupt. Villamor Bumanglag, in his keynote address during the city's celebration of 112th Independence Day last June 12.
According to Bumanglag, the Filipino people have been fighting for independence for more than 500 years, and for the 112th year we are enjoying the essence of our freedom, though we are not yet truly free - not free from illiteracy, discrimination, sickness, poverty, hunger, homelessness, violence, abuse and pollution, among others.
?We have our chance once again to work for a complete freedom for our people and for the nation's progress. Let us make unity as the first agenda after the election. For only as one people that we can go forward as one country', Bumanglag stressed.
?Let us not allow domestic and trivial matters delay our collective progress. Let us share our individual achievement to each other. Let as unite under a common cause of nation building. Let us all work together and support each other,' Bumanlag said.
As a challenge to everyone, Bumanglag called for vigilance in protecting gains from the freedom that we have and for vigilance on attempts to undermine such freedom. He also called on the public's support for the newly elected leaders and for the losing candidates to continuously serve the people in their own ways.
During the Independence Day Program, which was held for the first time at the top of Session road, certificates of recognition dubbed as "Bida Ka Awards" were given to the various 2010 election facilitators and volunteers for their invaluable active participation, support and contribution to the success of the May 10, 2010 automated elections in Baguio City. This is a milestone in Philippine election history and a celebration of every citizen's freedom and rights to participate in the nation's governance and development.
Conferred with the awards were the Board of Election Inspectors, polling Center Supervisors and their support staff, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Media Practitioners of Baguio City, Association of Barangay Chairmen, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), City Tourism Office/Baguio Convention Center Administration, City Board of Canvassers, City Treasurer's Office and the City Government of Baguio.
Congressman Mauricio Domogan, Bishop Carlito Cenzon and Vice Mayor Daniel Fariņas, together with the other members of the city council led the celebration. (PIA) [top]