Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reminded the members of the One Defense Team the deeper meaning of being part of the defense organization during the celebration of the 123rd Philippine Independence Day.
“Securing our country in all fronts - from the outside and from within, is the essence of our existence,” he said, addressing DND personnel during an online flag ceremony held on 07 June 2021 to jumpstart the week leading to the Independence Day celebration.
“Maigting nating binabantayan ang ating kapuluan, hanggang sa kasuluk-sulukan nito, kabilang ang Mavulis Island, Philippine Rise, West Philippine Sea, at iba pang mga isla sa katimugang bahagi ng bansa,” the Defense Chief said.
More than 1,000 personnel, field offices and units from the Department and its bureaus – the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Government Arsenal, National Defense College of the Philippines, Office of Civil Defense and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office – took part in the online ceremony with the theme "Kalayaan 2021: Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan,” a first for the Department.
To mark the 123rd Independence Day celebration today, 12 June 2021, a physical flag ceremony was held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. The event was attended by Secretary Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana, DND officials and staff, as well as officers and personnel of the AFP, strictly following IATF protocols.