QUEZON CITY, February 5, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with Ayala Foundation Inc., Chooks-to-Go of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), recently distributed 163 Philippine flags to the Schools Division of Quezon City to kick off the #MagingMagiting Flag Campaign at the Bagong Silangan Elementary School in Quezon City.
The campaign aims to enjoin the prominent display of the Philippine national flag “in all public buildings, official residences, public plazas, and institutions of learning every day throughout the year,” as mandated by Republic Act (RA) No. 8491, otherwise known as the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.”
“Ito ay napakahalaga dahil sa unang pagkakataon, in partnership with Ayala Foundation Chooks-to-Go, and NHCP, nagkaroon po tayo ng kampanya upang lalong paigtingin ang pagkilala sa ating watawat sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng bagong watawat sa lahat ng paaralan,” DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and School Sports Tonisito Umali said.
The Schools Division of Quezon City and Ayala Foundation Inc., signed a Memorandum of Agreement before handing out the flags to schools under the congressional districts of the said city.
NHCP Executive Director III Ludovico Badoy lauded the plan to distribute the flags first to public elementary schools nationwide: “Gusto namin na mauna ang mga kabataan na mailagay sa puso ang pagmamahal sa bayan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng bandila sa 10,000 eskwelahan. Ito ay para matuto ng tamang pagpupugay at tamang pagrerespeto sa watawat ang mga estudyante habang sila ay bata pa.”
“I am appealing that we give the proper respect when we see the flag, and when we hear and sing the Lupang Hinirang. We should really give it the respect and fervor it deserves,” Ayala Foundation Inc. President Ruel Maranan added.
Bounty Agro Venture Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas, Quezon City Schools Division Superintendent Natividad Bayubay, and Gilas Pilipinas member Kobe Paras were likewise present in the event.
The NCR Flag Campaign is the first of 17 on-ground flag distribution events that will be done in all 17 regions nationwide. The goal of the campaign is to distribute 10,000 flags to public schools nationwide by 2019.
According to the NHCP, at least 100,000 Philippine flags are needed in public schools, government buildings, police precincts, and military installations all over the country.