DAGUPAN CITY, Jan 21 — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is urging all government offices to observe regular flag-raising and flag-lowering ceremonies once a week.
The CSC has issued a memorandum requiring the implementation of Republic Act No. 8491, or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, which “requires all government offices and educational institutions to observe the flag-raising ceremony every Monday morning and the flag-lowering ceremony every Friday afternoon.”
The memorandum states, “It has been observed that if the regular or special holidays fall on Mondays and Fridays, some government offices do not hold flag-raising and flag-lowering ceremonies.”
Romulo Nabua of the CSC-Lingayen Field Office said the respective ceremonies should be observed on the next working day, if Monday is declared a holiday; or on the last working day, if the holiday falls on a Friday.
Offices in proximity should coordinate with each other on where to conveniently hold such ceremonies, he said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.
Listed specifically to observe the ceremonies are “department, bureaus and agencies of the national government; local government units; government-owned and/or controlled corporations with original charters; state universities and colleges and all other concerns.”
The code ensures “that government employees regularly accord respect to the Philippine Flag and to provide venue where they will be constantly reminded of how they must conduct themselves as public servants.”
The memorandum, likewise, enjoins agency heads to establish internal guidelines to strictly monitor the attendance of their personnel in the flag ceremonies and ensure strict compliance. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)