MIMAROPA RLAs observe 111th Independence Day
by Louie T. Cueto
Calapan City (15 June) -- With the theme "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan", the Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) of the MIMAROPA Region celebrated the commemoration of the 111th Independence Day in the Provincial Capitol Ground, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
The affair was spearheaded by Cong. Rodolfo G. Valencia of the First District of Oriental Mindoro, together with Gov. Arnan C. Panaligan and Calapan City Mayor Paulino Salvador C. Leachon.
A noise barrage led by the Department of Education and students from the public schools signaled the opening program of the day's affair.
A flag raising at around 8:30 a.m. was hoisted by the Philippine Army with the assistance of the Regional Heads of the national government agencies and heads of different departments of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro and City Government of Calapan. The singing of the national anthem was conducted by Arlene R. Dela Vega, Education Supervisor II of DepEd IV-B. It was followed by reciting the Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas led by Bianca Infantado, SSG President of the Jose J. Leido, Jr. Memorial National High School.
In his welcome message, City Mayor Doy Leachon emphasized the significance of the yearly commemoration of Independence Day in the country. He also mentioned of how the leaders of the country in the early years played in attaining independence and democracy. Likewise, Leachon thanked the participation of all government employees especially the head of the regional line agencies of the MIMAROPA Region.
After Mayor Leachon's message, the Provincial Tourism Office interpreted through action drama the singing of Pilipinas Kong Mahal.
Cong. Valencia and Gov. Panaligan gave their Kalayaan Messages before heads of the national government agencies where emphasis of speeches of both leaders focused on the importance of commemorating the Philippine independence.
The second part of the program was the awarding ceremonies on employment contracts/appointments, training vouchers, and livelihood assistance to beneficiaries of the programs of the national government agencies and the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro. The beneficiaries were awarded by Cong. Valencia, Gov. Panaligan, Mayor Leachon and Regional Directors of concerned agencies. Dir. Josefino L. Torres of DOLE, IV-B gave his closing remarks after these ceremonies.
Moreover, the final event in the commemoration of the 111th Independence Day was the opening of jobs and livelihood fairs in the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Local and international job openings were showcased during the jobs fair in coordination with the Public Employment Office to local and international employers. Jobs fair for employment in government agencies and Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) was also highlighted during the event.
The whole day event was participated in by the following regional line agencies: DTI, DOH, DSWD, DPWH, DENR, DepEd, DOLE, PIA, DA, DILG, DOST, TESDA, NEDA, DAR, DOT, PNP, PA, NSO and also department heads and employees of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro and City Government of Calapan. (PIA-Calapan City) [top]