STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur, June 16 – Authorities of the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur push for enforcing strict compliance of the singing of the official municipal hymn entitled “Sta. Cruz nga Pinalangga (Beloved Sta. Cruz),” by virtue of Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 046-16, Municipal Ordinance No. 04 series of 2016.
The adoption of the “Sta. Cruz nga Pinalangga” conforms to the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution to give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress and promote total human liberation and development.
It also conforms to another provision in fostering preservation, enrichment and dynamic evolution of a Filipino national culture based on the principle of unity in diversity in a climate of free artistic and intellectual expressions.
The singing of the municipal hymn is also in line with the Local Government Code’s provision to ensure and promote preservation and enrichment of culture within its territorial jurisdictions.
“Sta. Cruz nga Pinalangga” is a winning masterpiece out of a song writing workshop in 2003. The lyrics was created by Benbenuto L. Caspi, Jr. while the music was provided by Corazon P. Diaz.
The LGU officials require and direct all officials and employees of national and local government regardless of religion or creed, political beliefs and aspirations, and status in life as premised in the ordinance and any agency or instrumentality.
The directive will also cover government-owned or controlled corporations, privately-owned entities or offices and government institutions to comply strictly with the rules prescribed for the rendition of the Municipal Hymn.
Failure to observe the rules shall be ground for administrative sanctions. (CDIO-Sta. Cruz/Julius Paner)