DAVAO City–Flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies, Kalayaan-jobs fair and a static interactive display of military activities highlighted the 115th Independence Day Celebration in Davao City on Wednesday.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the flag-raising ceremony and the offering of flowers before the monument of the national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
Local government officials, representatives from the regional and national line agencies, members of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, members of the diplomatic corps and the officers and men of the Philippine National Police and the services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Davao Region and Eastern Mindanao area joined the affairs.
In her speech, she underscored the central theme of the Independence Day celebration which is focused on cooperation.
Duterte-Carpio said everyone including the government must stay united in the pursuit of progress and development in the country.
She stressed that poverty and not the foreign conquerors remains a threat to the freedom of the Filipinos.
“We pay tribute to our fallen heroes by using our freedom in helping everyone fight poverty and attain economic emancipation,” Duterte-Carpio said.
Commodore Antonio Habulan, chief of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao who spoke as guest of honor said the 2013 Independence theme,” Ambagan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” highlights more the challenges facing the nation today.
He recognized the many trials facing the country, particularly poverty and threats to sovereignty.
“We must show that we care not only our own families but also our own fellowmen, as a way of giving importance to the lives offered by our heroes just to attain our freedom,” Habulan said.
He said there are still forces within the country which want to undermine the freedom being enjoyed by everyone in the same manner that there are foreign forces who want to dent the country’s sovereignty.
“Your AFP is committed as ever to protect the freedom that we have and it is our sovereign resolve to protect the state, the people and our territory,” Habulan said. WITH PIA REPORT