Vessels sailing under the Philipines Country Flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The Philippines Country Flag is recognized as two equally proportioned horizontal stripes. The top stripe is blue and the lower stripe is colored red. An isosceles triangle colored white resides on the hoist, or left side. The base of the triangle fills the flag from top to bottom and the resulting point is facing toward the fly, or right side and reaches nearly to the flag center. A yellow depiction of the sun dominates the center of the triangle. Eight yellow rays protrude from the sun, each consisting of two smaller outside rays and one larger central one. The central rays are noticeably rounded at their tips. A yellow, five pointed star resides in each of the triangle's three angles. The Philippines Country Flag was officially adopted in 1997, after a nearly century-long series of political events that saw it banned, then reinstated, then banned again. The Philippines Country Flag is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 1:2, height to length, respectively. The stars represent the three regions of islands that comprise the Philippine Nation; the sun, independence.
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