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DENR Secretary and Flag Czar donates 10-ft Philippine Flag to Bacolod City

Bacolod City (11 June) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary and Flag Czar Jose "Lito" Atienza sent a 10 feet by 20 feet Philippine Flag, said to be the biggest in Negros Occidental, to the city government of Bacolod to be used at the New Government Center.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia expressed gratitude to Atienza saying it is a great honor and a privilege for the people of Bacolod to have received such an important gift from the DENR Secretary.

Atienza made true his promise to Leonardia of donating a Philippine flag for the New Government Center during his recent visit to the city when he accompanied President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Regional Development Council awarding ceremonies. The mayor quoted the DENR Secretary as saying that a beautiful edifice such as the NGC deserves a new and bigger Philippine flag.

The Philippine flag was turned over to the City Government in a simple ceremony by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Jesse Vego and City Environment and Natural Resources officer Joan Gerangaya, representing DENR and the Secretary, in the presence of Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Councilors Homer Bais, Dindo Ramos, Celia Flor, Napoleon Cordova and Wilson Gamboa, Jr.

The environment officers also turned over to the City Government a giant tarpaulin, also from Atienza, to be used for the 111th Independence Day celebration.

According to Atienza, in a statement previously said, the "Pilipinas Kong Mahal" flag theme puts stress on "pagbibigay respeto at pagmamahal sa ating bansa." "Pilipinas Kong Mahal" the Flag Advocacy message is a good reminder for all in the midst of materialism and new technologies, now more than ever the need to enhance good citizenship practices by putting up our flags at home, offices, giving value to the beauty of our natural resources, showing care for a clean and green environment and other practices. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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