31 May 2022 - With the country observing Flag Days from 28 May to 12 June, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded government workers of their duty to respect the Philippine flag as an act of patriotism.

“As civil servants, we should be living exemplars of patriotism. Not only is it part and parcel of the public nature of our jobs, but also because it is mandated by law," said CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

"This is why patriotism is one of the core public service values, together with excellence, integrity, and spirituality.”

The CSC chief, a lawyer and former member of Congress, was referring to Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, in which “Nationalism and Patriotism” are included among the eight norms of conduct for public officials and employees.

Chairperson Nograles said that one of the ways government workers can show patriotism is by respecting the Philippine flag and what it represents.

"The flag’s history stems from our struggle for independence, and thus, is a visible reminder of the sacrifices of our heroes and our nation’s common ideals and aspirations,” he said.

“Given this, we should always comply with the guidelines stipulated in Republic Act No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, including the proper display and hoisting of the flag; the conduct of flag raising and lowering ceremonies in government offices every first and last working days of the week, respectively; and proper singing of the National Anthem and recitation of the Panunumpa sa Watawat,” he explained.

The CSC head also urged government workers, as civil servants, to familiarize themselves with the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct for public officials and employees, and other laws of the land.

According to the Chair, "as public servants, it is incumbent upon us to be examples of good and responsible citizenship."

Last, he urged them to provide excellent service at all times, without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, economic status, or political affiliation.

“Always be mindful that our loyalty lies with the country, and that we are all accountable to our people."

Republic Act No. 8491, or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, establishes the period of 28 May to 12 June of each year as Flag Days, where all government offices, business establishments, learning institutions, and private homes are enjoined to display the Philippine Flag.

The 16-day observance begins with 28 May, the day when the flag was first raised after the Battle of Alapan on 28 May 1898, wherein Spanish forces were defeated by revolutionaries who thereafter captured the province of Cavite. The last day coincides with the celebration of Independence Day.