Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director BGen Israel Ephraim Dickson stressed this in his keynote message during the city government – led 2019 Independence Day program at PFVR Gym here, Wednesday,
Dickson outlined that along with the sacrifices made by the heroes and forefathers who fought for the country’s Independence 121 years ago, the Filipino people have been known for bravery and nationalism as shown in the other historic battles to retain freedom and independence against foreign oppressors.
As the country faces new threats in our independence, in our rights and freedom to live in a peaceful and progressive society, Dickson appealed to the people to take inspiration from the bravery and patriotism of our ancestors and be united in addressing the present problems that gravely affect society. Among these are poverty, destruction of natural resources, insurgency, terrorism, criminality and illegal drugs.
“As your police in this region leads in law enforcement, I appeal to everyone to help us in the maintenance of peace and order. As you can see, the police cannot do this alone; our collaborative effort is needed for us to achieve our goals. Remember our welfare is everybody’s concern,” he stressed.
“Let us all be brave to fight for our rights as our forefathers did. It is just fitting that we fight for our rights to live in peaceful communities because as sons and daughter of our motherland, it is our responsibility,” he added.
Baguio Congressman Marquez Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog also gave their respective Independence Day messages during the program.
The event opened with an interfaith prayer, singing of national anthem and the oath of loyalty to the Philippine flag, while the Saint Louis University Band, orchestra, Glee Club, Arts Guild Dance Troupe provided accompaniment and intermission numbers.
After the program, city officials, department heads and personnel led the contingents from law enforcement agencies, regional line agencies, barangay folks and civil society organizations in a parade through Baguio’s main thoroughfare. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar