CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 12 (PIA) – “The task to nurture, strengthen that independence is not over yet,” City Mayor Oscar Moreno said during the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12 at Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, here.
While noting the achievements and progress of Mindanao, Moreno said there are still a lot of things to do as one community since the city is equally affected with the misfortunes of the other areas in the island.
For one, the Marawi incident should open everybody’s eyes and change the core of mindset to address the root cause of bias and prejudice.
Aside from conflicts, Moreno cited polarization or division as another root cause of the society’s problems which already characterized the people’s way of life.
“Everybody must feel and enjoy the growth and prosperity that the country is gaining and the freedom that the country has,” Moreno said as he urged every Kagay-anon to uphold security, solidarity and compassion as strategies to strengthen independence throughout Mindanao.
Thus, the mayor calls for strong partnership with the Department of Education (Deped), Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to prepare children in fostering independence, the Department of Health (DOH) to sustain good public health, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to improve peace and order.
Moreno further said that the environment must be harmonious as the Kagay-anons pursue CDO’s growth and since everyone is on the same boat, the least that every individual can do is to help one another no matter how difficult the task may be.
To highlight the celebration, Moreno and BGen Eric Vinoya of AFP led the raising of the flag with full military honors, executive wreath laying and the unveiling of the Philippine Map depicted using 3,480 hard-boiled eggs with the CDO Eagles Club. (RTP/PIA10)