“There is no need for us to die in order to become heroes,” Superintendent Ramir Uytico of the Dumaguete City Department of Education division, said during the 113th Independence Day celebration in the city on the theme “Kalayaan: Paninindagan ng Bayan” Sunday.
Uytico, however, said that “Dying from our self-vested interests, especially when we become leaders, or dying from becoming dumb and apathetic to the cries of our brothers and sisters who are underprivileged, marginalized, and exploited is freeing us from the tyranny of greed, injustice, and restlessness.”
He challenged every Filipino to continue to be heroes in all their undertakings in the dignity of their functions and work, in the wisdom of sharing and giving, and in the common sense of understanding and respecting the uniqueness of each and everyone’s thoughts, deeds, biases and expression, because in the long run, it is the faith in God which matters after all in all these efforts or pursuits of liberation.
More than P30,000 were raised during the celebration from donations of offices, non-government organizations, and well-meaning citizens, the proceeds of which went to Persons with Disabilities in the city.
Meanwhile, former Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, who attended the celebration, said he was hoping there will be more meaning in celebrating Independence Day. He stressed that government should work harder for the people to have more economic freedom in terms of providing them with basic needs such as food, education of their children, health services, and so on.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has conducted a separate activity in celebration of the 113th Independence Day. An inter-faith candle lighting activity was participated in by teachers, students, religious denominations, Capitol employees headed by Gov. Roel Degamo, police and army personnel at the Aquino Freedom Park at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
In the morning, a static display of army hardware was witnessed by the public, and students were joy riding on board the army’s armored personnel carrier, and toying with the firearms ,minus the magazines and ammunition.*JG
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