SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte, June 12 (PIA) — The people of San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte, led by their chief executive, braved the rains to join the rest of the nation celebrate Independence Day today.
“This is the centerpiece of our freedom, the freedom we have enjoyed for the past 114 years. As a nation, as a province, as a municipality, we celebrate our independence, rain or shine,” Mayor Alfredo Valdez exclaimed in his speech following the flag raising ceremony.
The mayor also called on the people to work together so that “this independence continues.”
“Our forefathers dreamed of a better nation when they fought for independence. We now dream of a better nation. Let’s see that this independence continues and this dream of a better nation will continue and happen for generations to come,” Mayor Valdez said.
The chief executive said the municipality has contributed much to the betterment of the people, the province and the nation.
A small village, San Nicolas is now a booming town with rising industries and flourishing trade and commerce. Under the present administration, it has been hailed as ‘The Best Performing LGU” in the region, among many other honors.
Other activities lined-up for today’s Independence Day celebration are blood donation activity and a job fair at the municipal hall grounds as a continuing programs of the local government.
“This is a way to show our love for our countrymen. Donating blood, for example, teaches us to be compassionate to people in need. The same thing in providing jobs, we are able to help others for their progress,” the mayor said.
The town likewise contributes to the development of the people, province and nation by way of education. It has been awarded as a Regional Literacy Champion.
“We want our people to be educated. This is in consonance with the dream of Dr. Jose Rizal. We continue to strengthen our literacy program. It is important to be functionally literate, that is, one can read, write and communicate. That way, one can work and serve,” Mayor Valdez said.
Under the town’s literacy program, those who have less education are taught basic writing and reading via educational kits and libraries in the barangays.
The administration has recently added 20 computers in its municipal library to aid students in their research projects. And soon, it will inaugurate the Municipal Museum.
In putting up a museum, Mayor Valdez wants “that a person should know his history and his heroes. He learns from the past and continues to work for the development of his country.”
The morning program included dance performances by students from the San Nicolas Elementary School and Bingao Elementary School; blessing of a rubber boat and vehicles to be used during disasters; and wreath-laying at the monument of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal (JCR/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)