THE Davao City Government along with the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and other various organizations commemorated the 117th Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Park Friday morning.

Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) jointly raised the Philippine flag at around 7 a.m.

Representatives from consulates of Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and veterans foundation also offered flowers to the statue of Rizal while officers of the Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, Airforce, Knights of Columbus, and Mason Davao Chapter Knights of Rizal gave their salute.

Davao City Administrator Melchor Quitain was also present during the flag ceremony.

Senior Superintendent Vincente D. Danao, director of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), reminded the public of the significance of the celebration of our Independence Day, saying: "Sa okasyong ito tayo ay nagbibigay pugay sa kabayanihan, tapang, at malasakit na ipinamalas ng ating mga ninuno. Naway maging inspirayson sila upang tularan na mamuhay at magsilbi ng tapat sa bayan."

In line with the theme, "Kalayaan 201: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan," Danao also assured the public that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is always ready for its duty to all Filipinos.

"Ang kapulisan po ay kaagapay po ninyo sa lahat ng panahon. Aalagaan po namin ang inyong kaligtasan sa lahat ng oras. Layunin ito ng kapulisan upang laging matiwasay at maayos angt ating bayan. Bigyan ng ayuda ang mga kapus palad upang mabawasan ang children in conflict with law (CICL)," Danao said.

"Asahan po ninyo na ang inyong kapulisan ay 24 hours nakabantay sa inyong kaligtasan. Naninindigan din tayo na patas ang pagpapataw ng ating mga batas na walang kinikilingan ninuman," he added.

Danao also lauded his fellow officers for a job well done following their efforts in making Davao City one of the safest cities in the world. KRP