With rising patriotic fervor in the hearts of the people in DepEd Naga, and in its continuous desire to instill in the minds of the school children, teachers and other citizens the value of giving respect, honor and reverence to the country’s most cherished symbol of freedom, the Philippine Flag, the 1st Naga City Division Old Philippine Flag Burning and Wreath Laying Ceremony was held last June 19, 2018. It was conceptualized by Mrs. Elizabeth G. Caraig, Araling Panlipunan Coordinator of Panicuason Elementary School in partnership with Naga View Adventist College with of Mr. Jarme D. Taumatorgo, the Education Program Supervisor in Araling Panlipunan.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Pathfinder members coming from the eight (8) participating schools namely: Panicuason Elem. School, Carolina Elem. School, Morada-Ramos Elem. School, Teodora- Moscoso Elem. School, San Isidro Elem. School, Carolina National High School, Naga Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School and Naga View Adventist College, Elementary and Academy Department respectively, together with the school heads, teachers and pupils from other schools, joined and witnessed the solemn ceremony of burning the old and worn-out Philippine flags. The said activity was done in accordance with Section 14 of Republic Act 8491 otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines and also anchored on the DepEd Core Values, Vision and Mission.

The activity started with the entrance and honoring of the guest of honor, Hon. Nelson S. Legacion,with the Naga View Adventist College Pathfinders’Club Director, Mr. Daniel A. Paloma. It was followed by the invocation that was led by Mrs. Evelyn M. Guiriba, the Araling Panlipunan Coordinator of Morada-Ramos Elementary School. Ptr. Lani T. Esteves, the President of Naga View Adventist College and Dr. Gina B. Bobis, the Public Schools District Supervisor of District X, gave their Welcome Remarks. After the musical rendition of the Naga View Adventist College Anklung Ensemble, the
significance of the ceremony was given emphasis through the keynote message of Vice-Mayor Nelson S. Legacion, the guest of honor and the Inspirational Message given by Sir William E. Gando, the Schools Division Superintendent. It was followed by the entrance of the flag bearers and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem conducted by Mr. Risty B. Masbate, Panicuason Elementary School Grade VI Teacher. All the participants recited Panunumpa sa Watawat which was followed by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts Pledge and Pathfinders’ Pledge and Law.

Folding of the worn-out flags, lighting of the flame and the ceremonial burning of the worn-out flags were done while patriotic songs were sang to set the appropriate  mood for the ceremony. After the burning, Mr. Abraham B. Azupardo Jr. together with Mr. Daniel A. Paloma and Mr. Jerry Navarro of Naga View Adventist College assisted Hon. Nelson S. Legacion, the Guest of Honor, Sir William E. Gando, the Schools Division Superintendent and Sir Jarme D. Taumatorgo, Education Program Supervisor in Araling Panlipunan, in placing the ashes in an urn.Burying of the ashes and wreath laying followed.

Ma’am Elvira B. Evangelista, the School Principal of Panicuason Elementary School gave her closing remarks, followed by the words of gratitude of the proponent of the activity, Ma’am Elizabeth G. Caraig, the Araling Panlipunan Coordinator of Panicuason Elementary School“No doubt, this historical event in the Division of Naga City has enlightened everyone that our
Philippine Flag, being the country’s symbol of solidarity and sovereignty, deserves to be treated with respect and dignity”.

Hazel Brofas, MT I – PES