Today, we are reminded of the brave men and women who laid down their lives for the liberty that we cherish today. We are, and will forever be, indebted to their sacrifice. We sustain their legacy as we persist in weaving their dream of a free, inclusive, and empowered Philippines into a tangible reality.
Our collective success depends on the willingness of all sectors of society to rise to the challenge of citizenship. May integrity, accountability, and excellence continue to be the values that forge our present revitalization. May these continue to define your pursuits and sustain our momentum along the straight path towards an equitably progressive future.
By the mandate vested in me by the sovereign will of the Filipino People, I have the honor to submit to you, through the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the proposed National Budget for 2015.
We continue to build a more harmonious, more just country as we begin to ease the disquiet that has long shaken our lands. The recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro proves that, even through all the conflicts that we have endured, we remain one nation bound by a common dream: A new era of peace that will redound to the upliftment of the lives of our kababayans. Let us sustain the gains of positive reform and be steadfast stewards of unity and development in our society.
May this event weave meaningful new threads of cooperation and understanding in the rich tapestry of the Global Filipino. May it be a cornerstone of progress for your organization, bringing greater prosperity to our countrymen, and allowing them to be embodiments of joy and compassion to their fellowmen.
Our medical laboratories hold the key to advancing the overall health and quality of life of our people; they are at the forefront in fighting against disease, in understanding the human body, and in developing better food and medicine. We rely on medical technologists in this task as your knowledge, skills, and training are crucial to the success of these facilities. It is my hope that this conference will further ingrain the ideals of quality and excellence in your profession, so that you may remain vital contributors to our nation’s ongoing revitalization.
I welcome your gathering knowing that as it charts the development of endodontics, it will raise the bar of excellence among our professionals. May it enable our dentists to confront the challenges of their discipline now set against an even more dynamic milieu. Take inspiration in the opportunities the ASEAN Community is anticipated to bring, and remain united and steadfast agents of rejuvenation.
Even as Filipinos navigate the global landscape, we continue to witness solidarity and cooperation among kababayans. Gatherings like yours reinforce the linkages between our people, and empower us to wield our collective strength to the advantage of the entire nation. May your reunion renew your sense of purpose, while also allowing you to relive the joy and memories of yesteryear and concretizing your aspirations for your home province Bohol, and our entire country.
The Philippines continues to grow more robust as our communities make their diversity a source of strength, open themselves up to new insights, and welcome each other as one people. May the blessed teachings of the Holy Qur’an guide you in this time of fasting and prayer, and allow you to contribute more passionately towards building a better future for our countrymen.
May you take this opportunity to reaffirm your commitment to securing the health and empowerment of our kababayans in Quezon City, by adopting new technologies and approaches to managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs); may this convention be a platform to sustain your solidarity and the tradition of excellence that makes your organization among our key contributors to establishing a more productive citizenry.