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DOLE RO VIII commemorates 122nd Philippine Independence Day

Tacloban City – With the theme “Tungo sa Bansang Malaya, Nagbabayanihan at Ligtas”, the officials and employees of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII, headed by Regional Director Yahya A. Centi,  join the entire nation in commemorating the 122nd Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day on 12 June 2020.

The simple celebration was kicked-off with a Flag-raising ceremony followed by a program graced by Congressman Vicente Sofronio “Ching” E. Veloso III of the 3rd District of Leyte and Director Victoria F. Esber oof the Civil Service Commission Regional Office VIII.

In his inspirational message, Congressman Veloso shared some useful insights about the Philippine Independnce. He likewise mentioned about the important role of DOLE in economy and nation-building and cited some scenarios based on his wide experience in business and employment.

“Your agency has indeed an important role to play for our nation particularly in building our economy. In times like this when businesses are barely surviving and workers are losing their precious jobs due to the COVID pandemic, I believe you can be of help to them”, said Cong. Veloso.

One highlight of the program is the conferment of the CSC PRIME-HRM Bronze Award to DOLE RO VIII. Director Esber personally congratulated the agency for the said accomplishment.

Director Centi in his message thanked all the officials and employees especially the guests for sparing some time for the observance of the Philippine Independence. He imparted that as Filipinos, we shall always remember with thankful hearts our history, the sacrifices laid down by people before us.

“Indeed this is a day for all Filipinos, whether living at home or abroad. We remember with gratitude the countless freedom fighters and revolutionaries who struggled, strived and made heroic sacrifices to win us our freedom from colonial rule”, said Director Centi. 

 The good director likewise encouraged everyone to be strong in facing the global health crisis.

“As we celebrate today the 122nd year of National Independence, we face indeed a new time of difficulty and stress, a crisis of even greater magnitude and gravity. But let me remind you that we are Filipinos, We will win again!”, Centi ended.

The short but meaningful occasion ended with the singing of “Ang Bayan Ko” and the DOLE Hymn. END/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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