QUEZON CITY, May 28 (PIA) — The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) joined in the observance of the National Flag Days that started Tuesday, May 28, and will culminate on June 12, Philippine Independence Day.
Employees at the PIA Central Office in Quezon City led by Director General Harold E. Clavite and all of its 16 regional offices nationwide participated in the simultaneous flag raising ceremony.
Primer on the proper use and display of the national flag were also distributed during the occasion.
The declaration of the 15-day National Flag Days is contained in Republic Act 8491 or the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines” and House Bill 5224 which were approved by Congress.
Section 26 of RA 8491 states: The period from May 28 to June 12 of each year is declared as Flag Days, during which period all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, institutions of learning, and private homes are enjoined to display the flag.
The 15-day Flag Day period is also declared in Executive Order 179 issued by President Fidel V. Ramos.
The EO had set the extension of the commemoration of the national flag from May 28 to the days leading to Freedom Day on June 12. It also called on officials and residents to display the Philippine flag distinctly during the period.
In 1941 to 1964, the country commemorated the Flag Day and Independence Day on June 12, but in 1965, President Diosdado Macapagal, by virtue of Proclamation No. 374 ordered the observance of Flag Day moved to May 28, the date when it was first unfurled. (PIA InfoComm)
Source: PIA Feed