Bagong Pilipinas Hymn, Pledge Now Required in Government Agencies and Schools

Government offices and schools must now sing the Bagong Pilipinas hymn and pledge

BAGONG PILIPINAS – Government offices and public schools are now required to sing the hymn and recite its pledge.

This is based on Presidential Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 52 issued by President Bongbong Marcos. According to the directive, this is to instill the principles of the Bagong Pilipinas brand of governance and leadership among state personnel and employees. It covers all national government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), as well as educational institutions, including state universities and colleges (SUCs). Furthermore, local government units (LGUs) are encouraged to include it in their weekly flag ceremonies.

Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed the circular for immediate implementation, requiring heads of all national government agencies and instrumentalities to ensure the proper dissemination of the Bagong Pilipinas hymn and pledge within their respective institutions and offices.

In issuing the directive, President Marcos invoked Republic Act No. 8491, also known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, which requires all government agencies and LGUs to conduct flag-raising rites every Monday and lowering of the flag every Friday. Under the law, the Office of the President is authorized to issue rules and guidelines for the proper conduct of flag ceremonies.

The president described “Bagong Pilipinas” as characterized by a principled, accountable, and dependable government, supported by unified societal institutions. It aims to empower Filipinos to engage in and support government initiatives, contributing to a comprehensive plan for profound social and economic transformation across all sectors.

Meanwhile, some government officials, such as Senator JV Ejercito, appear to oppose the new protocol introduced by the Marcos Administration. Senator Ejercito believes that the Lupang Hinirang, Panatang Makabayan, and Panunumpa sa Watawat are sufficient to instill nationalism and love for the country. He contends that introducing additional hymns and pledges would be excessive.

House Deputy Minority Leader France Castro criticized the Marcos administration, suggesting that rather than introducing these initiatives, they should focus on finding solutions to address issues such as low wages for workers and the high cost of goods. She emphasized the importance of assisting drivers and operators at risk of losing their livelihoods and advocated for the creation of quality, sustainable jobs in the country.

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