The Department of Education (DepEd), together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), conducted a virtual conference to commemorate the 79th anniversary of Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week. Said activity aims to preserve and memorialize the principles, ideals, and deeds of our war veterans as a means to promote patriotism and love of country, especially among students.
This year’s theme is “Kagitingan ay Gawing Gabay, Pandemya ay Mapagtagumpayan,” which also serves as a reminder that we,Filipinos, could win against COVID-19 like how Filipino war heroes defended the country.
“Sa ilalim po ng ating Kalihim Leonor Liling Magtolis Briones, ang mga ganitong uri po ng selebrasyon, mga ganitong uri ng komemorasyon na napakamakabuluhan, malalim na diskusyon sa isang pamamaraan na tunay na mararamdaman ng ating mga anak, ng ating mga magulang, ng ating mga guro at hindi gurong kawani ng Kagawaran ang kahalagahan ng araw na ipinagdiriwang po natin tulad po ngayong Araw ng Kagitingan,” said Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs Tonisito M.C. Umali.
DepEd also held national competition in relation to the Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week, including a National Creative Painting Competition for Grades 4-6 and a National Oratorical Contest for Grades 7-10.
This virtual conference was hosted by DepEd Region III and Schools Division Office (SDO) of Bataan and Balanga