June 12, 2021, the City Government of Malaybalay joined the nation in observance of the 123rd Philippine Independence Day through a ceremonial Flag Raising anchored on the theme, “Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan.”
Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. led the ceremony held at Plaza Rizal to show the spirit of patriotism; standing together to unite and heal as one in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Amid the recent surge of confirmed cases in the province, proper health protocol was strictly observed. The gathering although limited in number attended by City Officials and department heads highlighted the significance to commemorate the country’s independence, expressing our indebtedness to our forebears who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The event facilitated by the City Administrator’s Office started with a Prayer of hope, unity and healing offered for those afflicted, medical frontliners, the sick and vulnerable and the protection and safety of all essential workers who keep our economy afloat in these trying times.
PLtCol Jerry A. Tambis, Chief of Police in a speech relayed the message of Chief PNP, PGen Guillermo Eleazar, stressed the importance of unity and resilience during this difficult time as we continue to battle against the pandemic, anti-illegal drugs and terrorism.
Esteemed officials who joined the flag raising were Vice Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran and Councilor Kathleen Cecille C. Pagaling.The Philippine National Police assisted in the commemoration rites along with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, while the Bureau of Fire Protection was in-charge in the symbolic wreath-laying to honor the Philppine Flag and capped the ceremony through the sounding of sirens.