Surigao City joins nationwide celebration of 111th Independence Day
by Fryan E. Abkilan
Surigao City (12 June) -- The city of Surigao joins today, June 12, with the rest of the cities and provinces all over the country in the observance of the 111th Independence Day Celebration with the theme "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Kalayaan."
At exactly 7:00 o'clock in the morning today, the activity started with a unison prayer by different religious sects in the city followed by the singing of the national anthem and raising of the Philippine flag in front of the City Hall with Mayor Alfonso Casurra, Gov. Robert Ace Barbers, Vice-Gov Noel Catre, Vice-Mayor Rico Salvador Sering, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and Sangguniang Panglusod (SP) Members.
The ceremony was highlighted by a short message of Mayor Casurra as he thanked the Almighty Father for the good weather in Surigao. "Atong pasalamatan ang atong labaw nga makagagahum sa paghatag niining maayo kaayo nga buntag. Kay kagahapon ug niadtong miaging adlaw kung sa inyong mahinumduman, kusog ang habagat, nag-uyan pero kuman, arang kagana an ato adlaw."
Mayor Casurra gave an overview of the Surigao City Citizens Manual, aimed at curbing the problem of red tape in the local government. This manual, which is the first in Caraga Region, hopes to educate the public on the day-to-day operations and procedures of transacting business with concerned department/offices in the city government.
With this development, Casurra is very optimistic that it will eventually minimize the incidence of corruption as the transaction manual will also accustom the transacting public to government procedures.
Gov. Barbers, in his Independence Day message, said "the Philippine Independence Day marks the day when our forefathers have declared war and independence for our nation."
He then urged not just the officials but everybody to declare war against poverty, illiteracy and injustice. "Today as we celebrate the 111th Independence Day I urged everybody to declare war starting today. Each and everybody must declare war against the bondage of poverty, war against illiteracy, war against injustice."
The program ended with a wreath laying ceremony which was participated in by heads of the government agencies, private sectors who took turns in offering flowers at the statute of Dr. Jose Rizal in the Luneta Park. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]