Bontoc – The provincial government of Mountain Province led the commemoration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day together with the rest of the country thru a civic-military parade that was followed by a program at the Provincial Plaza last Wednesday, June 12.
With the theme, “Kalayaan 2019: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan,” this year’s celebration was joined by national line agencies, schools and private organizations.
In his message, Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. emphasized on the need to focus on the basic needs of the people and reflect from our responsibilities rather than on our privileges as citizens of the nation. He uttered that the problem that continue to threaten our basic freedom still exists in all parts of the country.
“I am referring to our freedom against hunger and poverty. This are the things that we must solve only to give meaning to our independence,” Lacwasan said.
He urged everyone to work together and be one in building stronger and more prosperous communities.
“Let us all unite and cooperatively solve problems affecting the basic needs of the people, now is the time to start the ball rolling, otherwise we can never have it done,” the governor said.
Atty. Eric O. Ueda, TESDA Mountain Province provincial director graced the celebration as keynote speaker. He acknowledged the struggles and sacrifices of the sung and unsung heroes who fought to achieve independence.
In relation to this year’s theme, Atty. Ueda mentioned two points that are common in every revolution where valor was shown and sacrifice was given.
“As we recall the sacrifices of all our heroes, may they inspire us to use the two characters of valor and sacrifice in our respective department or organization to have a strong sense of duty to our fellowmen and battle mediocrity, apathy and division which are common in today’s setting,” he said.
In closing his message, he urged everyone to support the winning candidates. According to him, working together and being united in facing the challenges will make the constituents stronger as one people of the province.
Moreover, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Jazzel-Mae P. Masidong delivered a message on behalf of the youth sector in the province.
She encouraged youth involvement in both public and civic affairs. She said that it is time for the youth to assert their rights as equally important sector of the community, urging the elders to consider the youth’s right to participation in important decision making in the community.
As part of the program, Mountain Province Provincial Councilor’s League President Alexander C. Claver read the Transcript of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence.
Meanwhile, intermission numbers were presented by the Bontoc Women’s Brigade (BWB) and the Bontoc Vendors Market Association (BOMARVA).
“We are very happy that we continue being invited to participate in the activities of the province,” said BWB member Julia Bete.
“We should continue to support the provincial government in our own little way, our presence alone is a show of support,” BOMARVA President Paula F. Acofo said.