National anthem to be played three times a day in gov’t offices, commercial centers

GOVERNMENT offices, malls and commercial centers will soon be required to play the National Anthem three times a day.

Rep. Anthony Rolando Golez, Jr. (Lone District, Bacolod City), author of House Bill 6689, said the National Anthem or “Lupang Hinirang” echoes the love and pride that the Filipinos have for the county and repeatedly playing it will instill further nationalism and pride to all Filipinos.

“Our nation has millions of citizens outside the country for work and vacation, before they leave and when they come back, they can easily be reminded of national pride when they hear the national anthem being played in government offices, malls and commercial centers,” Golez said.

“Christmas songs and advertisements are usually played in public places and it will not be a burden for malls and commercial centers to require them to play the Lupang Hinirang three times a day,” Golez added.

The measure, to be known as Strengthening National Pride Act, seeks to strengthen national pride by mandating the playing of the national anthem three times a day in all malls, commercial centers, and government offices.

The measure requires the Office of the President, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court to play the Lupang Hinirang in the premises of their offices three times a day; at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m, and 4:00 p.m every day.

The President of the Republic of the Philippines shall designate other government offices that will be required to play the National Anthem within their premises three times a day, considering the transactions that the public has with these said offices.

All malls and commercial centers shall be required to play the Lupang Hinirang within their corridors and hallways every day when they are open, three times a day at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m, and 4:00 p.m.

Under the bill, government offices, malls and commercial centers are mandated to play the national anthem in a very loud and clear manner.

All persons inside government offices, malls and commercial centers shall be required to stand still, listen and stop what they are doing every time the Lupang Hinirang is being played.

Filipinos inside these malls and commercial centers are encouraged to also sing while the Lupang Hinirang is being played.

Violators face a one month imprisonment and a fine of P1,000. Malls and commercial centers who fail to comply with the requirements of the measure shall be imposed with a fine of P25,000 for every time they fail to play the national anthem.

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