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DOT reminds establishments on proper flag etiquette

7:19 pm on 13 May 2022, Friday

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday (May 13) reminded all accommodation establishments (AEs) to practice and observe proper procedures in displaying the Philippine flag within their premises.

According to Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, displaying our country's flag is a sign of pride and patriotism as it reflects loyalty and commitment to the Philippines. "It should be given utmost respect and importance wherever it may be placed," she stressed.

Under RA 8491, establishments may only display the country's flag in specific locations, such as prominent places like lobbies, driveways, and courtyards.

Additionally, the DOT stated that AEs may display the Philippine flag indoors, provided that it will be placed at the left of the observer as they enter the room.

Should the flag be attached to a building, its flagpole must be on the top of the roof or anchored on a sill projecting upward.

"When the Philippine flag is flown with another flag, the flags, if both are national flags, must be flown on separate staffs of the same height and shall be of equal size," the DOT stated.

Moreover, the DOT also listed the prohibited acts relating to the use of the national flag, including use as a drapery or tablecloth, as a staff or whip, and as a costume whether in whole or in part among others.

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