Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, September 08, 2008


The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a set of guidelines regarding the proper use and respect to the Philippine Flag as the country’s symbol of sovereignty and unity.

“Our flag deserves respect which our students both from public and private schools should bear in mind at such an early age,” said DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus.

It can be recalled that DepEd recently released a set of guidelines regarding the proper beat of the National Anthem. In Olongapo City, the guidelines were reiterated by City Librarian Beth Daduya.

The DepEd guidelines empahized thea ban on the use of canned or recorded music of the National Anthem and that the anthem should actually be sung during flag ceremonies. DepEd also reiterated the ban on the use of tattered or faded flags in schools, offices and other establishments.

Lapus urged Filipinos to look up the provisions on Republic Act 8491 or the ‘Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines’ regarding the proper use of the Philippine Flag and the National Anthem.

‘The Philippine Historical Commission, the National Library and the Department of Education would like to rectify all these mistakes,” Daduya said.

According to Section 2 of R.A. 8491, or the Declaration of policy, “Reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, the anthem, and other national symbols which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity.”

“The heraldic items and devices shall seek to manifest the national virtues and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native land, fitting respect and affection for the national flag and anthem, and the proper use of the national motto, coat-of-arms and other heraldic items and devices.”

According to some of the provisions, if in the hanging position, the blue field of the flag shall be to the right (left of the observer) and if the flag shall be displayed in schools, offices, stages or platforms, the flag shall be at the left (facing the stage) or the left of the office upon entering.

The following are some of the prohibited acts regarding the National Flag:

1. Lowering the flag to salute or compliment any person or object.

2. To use a flag ‘as a drapery, festoon, tablecloth, covering for ceilings, walls, statues or other objects, as a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles, a staff or whip, for unveiling monuments or statues; and as trademarks, or for industrial, commercial or agricultural label or designs.

3. Wearing “the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform”.

4. Adding “any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisement, or imprint of any nature on the flag.”

5. Use the flag as “display or be part of any advertisement or infomercial”.

For more information regarding R.A. 8491, visit the City Public Library at Old Hospital Road, East Tapinac, Olongapo City.


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