The DILG - Nueva Ecija Provincial Office, headed by Director Renato G. Bernardino, joined the Provincial Government in the celebration of the 119th Independence Day held in front of the Old Capitol, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
Geared with the theme, "Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin", the commemoration of this year's independence day was attended by various National Government Agencies, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, provincial government employees and the media.
Flag raising ceremony, singing of the national anthem headed by Provincial Administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis and recitation of the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat led by Hon. Rafael Andrew Villanueva, 1st District Board Member, were the highlights of the activity.
Hon. Belinda Palilio, 1st District Board Member, also graced the event and inspired the government employees to use their freedom in doing good for the country and fellow Novo Ecijanos.
Atty. Abesamis also delivered a message for the Novo Ecijanos in behalf of the Governor Hon. Cherry D. Umali. He acknowledged the struggles and sacrifices of our heroes to achieve freedom and independence. According to him, the Provincial Government continues to exert more efforts towards attaining a peaceful and progressive Nueva Ecija for the welfare of every constituents.
"Ang pagiging Novo Ecijano ay pagiging matapat sa tungkulin at pagiging responsableng mamamayan sa paggamit na ating kalayaan," Atty. Abesamis said in his message.
"Taglayin sa puso ang dakilang araw ng mga bayaning naghandog ng buhay", the lyrics of the Nueva Ecija March says, which was sung at the end of the commemoration. Indeed, the Novo Ecijanos owe this celebration of Indepedence Day to the heroes who bravely risked their lives for our freedom today.