Bacolod City – Negros Occidental Gov. Bong Lacson led Philippine Independence Day celebration held recently at the Capitol Park and Lagoon in Bacolod City, with the theme, “Kalayaan 2022: Pag-suong sa Hamon ng Panibagong Bukas” (Rise Towards the Challenge of a New Beginning).
The activity was attended by Board Members Rita Gatuslao, Ryan Gamboa, Manuel Frederick Ko, and Pal Guanzon, 303rd IB Commander, Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) Acting Provincial Director, Colonel Leo Pamittan, Capitol department and office heads and employees, national government agencies, and non-government organizations.
Gov. Lacson said that the people who fought for our freedom never wished for war and would choose peace and freedom, but they chose to fight so that the freedom and peace they yearn will be enjoyed by generations next, thus, it is the solemn duty of all generations to protect, preserve, and promote our freedom.
“It is my ardent hope that the present generation be conscious of our history, to understand that history is not just some stories of the past, that our rich history was marked by sacrifices of real people just like us,” said Gov. Lacson.
The governor also reminded all public servants that the pandemic presented an opportunity to re-evaluate and reconsider the methods, and in the process find alternative and effective means in the delivery of duties, services, and programs.
“For the past two years, the enemy we fought was not just the kind that threatened our democracy, it was the kind that threatened our very existence,” he added.
The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental also turned over a total of ₱ 1.1 million worth of insurance benefits to the beneficiaries of the Barangay Insurance Program for Barangay Tanods and Barangay Officials and Employees, from various cities and towns of the province, as part of today’s activity. (News & photo courtesy of Abanse Negros)