Ayala Foundation continues its Maging Magiting Campaign flag distribution through a partnership with the Philippine National Police, sealed in an agreement signed last July 8 at the NHQ Building in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
This will allow Ayala Foundation and its partners, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and Chooks to Go to place flags in 3,000 police precincts and stations nationwide.
The Magiting campaign is an initiative of the Ayala Foundation that aims to rekindle nationalism and pride in being Filipino, through highlighting the Filipino spirit—one of which is through making sure that the Philippine flag, the national symbol, is well-seen and present in places of service, honor and justice.
Present at the signing were PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, NHCP Chairman Dr. Rene Escalante, and Ayala Foundation president Ruel T. Maranan along with Chooks to Go president Ronald Mascarinas, one of the campaign partners.
A ceremonial turnover was also done to distribute the initial 2,000 flags to identified police offices and major precincts nationwide.
During his speech, Maranan discussed the importance of partnering with the government organizations in pushing the nationalism campaign forward.
“Right now, is a very good time to renew our commitment to nation-building through a program that reminds us of the greatness of our country and our people,” the Ayala Foundation president said.
He also emphasized the hope of the Maging Magiting campaign: to change Filipinos’ perspective and bring the country towards betterment in small, significant ways.
“We are all under one flag—united as a country, one Filipino people who desire a better future for our children and better lives for all. Every day, we have the opportunity to be good Filipino citizens,” Maranan said.
The Maging Magiting campaign is in response to NHCP’s claim that there is a gap of 100,000 flags across the nation – even though Republic Act 8491, the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, prescribes that all public buildings, official residences, public plazas and institution of learning should display the flag throughout the year.
The campaign thus aims to fill the gap by distributing 10,000 flags to public elementary schools, police precincts, and military installations, to kick off a national movement that recognizes the value of the Philippine flag and takes pride in our country’s strengths.
To date, Maging Magiting has distributed close to 5,000 flags to public elementary schools in eight geographic regions – NCR, Region III, Region IV-A, Region VI, Region IX, Region XI and CARAGA Region. It hopes to continue by distributing flags to all 17 Philippine regions by the end of 2019.