Statement of the Department of Tourism:
On the Rizal Park Independence Flagpole Project
[August 29, 2013]
The Independence Flagpole, where the Philippine flag was hoisted on 4 July 1946 commemorating the culmination of the Filipino people’s quest for national independence, is located at its original site in Rizal Park—a major tourist attraction in the City of Manila and an important site in Philippine history. Designed and built at 150 feet high, the flagpole was damaged by a typhoon in 1995 and was never restored to its 150 ft height since then.
The flagpole renovation was proposed in 2011 as one of the commemorative projects of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. The goal of the project is to restore the Independence Flagpole to its original height and reassert its importance in Philippine history.
Funding and technical plans were requested from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which carefully studied and vetted the renovation project together with the NPDC as reasonable and consistent with prevailing market prices. The agencies were further instructed to make sure that the new structure could withstand severe weather conditions, so that the Independence flag shall never fly lower again. The project went through a public bidding in the amount of P 7,865,425.30 which covers the removal of structures, reinforcement of steel bar, concrete works, carpentry works, tile works, pole and casing, construction safety and health, project billboard, construction site perimeter fence, and construction of field office.
Restoring the Independence flagpole, which currently stands at 105 feet, to its original height of 150 feet requires the strengthening of the structural integrity and stability of the flagpole base, which involves a mechanically assisted pulley and a stately marble base. The project is currently implemented by the Manila South Engineering District of the DPWH and is expected to be completed ‘in time for the 100th celebration of the National Monument of Dr. Jose Rizal on 30 December 2013. It also dovetails with the redevelopment plan of Roxas Boulevard linear park and promenade.
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