Region 8 commemorates RP's 111th Independence Day
By Marivic A. Alcober
Tacloban City (12 June) -- Centered on the theme "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan," Region 8 celebrated the 111th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence, which was participated in by the different government institutions headed by the Department of Labor and Employment, which is the over-all chairman of the Independence Day activities, and a good number of non-government organizations.
The activity started with the celebration of a Holy Mass at the Sto. Nino Church followed by the Flag Raising Ceremony and Wreath Laying at the Plaza Rizal, after which the group had a motorcade to the Tacloban City Convention Center where the formal program was held.
The guest of honor for the celebration was no less than Chief Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Gabriel S. Claudio who is also the CLEP Steward for Eastern Visayas.
In his speech, Secretary Claudio congratulated the Regional Directors for ensuring that the celebration will be a success.
According to him, due to the fact that out of the 6 provinces in Eastern Visayas five are among the poorest, the government is going out of its way to make improvements in the area, like the airport in Guiuan, Eastern Samar wherein improvements are being made and roads in the national highway are also being concreted. Likewise, scholarship coupons are being distributed to deserving recipients.
Sec. Claudio congratulated the organizers, the city government and the provincial government in commemorating this special event – the 111th Philippine Independence.
The highlight of the program was the awarding of grants to the economically displaced workers and unemployed people in the region, followed by the Jobs Fair which was participated in by a number of government institutions led by the Department of Labor & Employment.
Under Executive Order No. 782, hiring of job order personnel is required through the use of 15% of their MOOE for the second half of calendar year 2009. (PIA 8) [top]