We in government count you among our allies in creating opportunities for the Filipino people. May our partnership and initiative create actionable programs to elevate the quality of life for our citizenry, and transform the Philippines into a robust and inclusive society.
Andres Bonifacio’s patriotism ignited the passion within our countrymen to fight for liberty and demand dignity, freedom, and sovereignty for the land of our ancestors. Now, 151 years after his birth, our history and identity tested by the many challenges we have overcome, we unite as one nation to remember his sacrifice and desire to see us take charge of our destiny.
Even as your paths gradually diverged—many took up traditional professions or became entrepreneurs, some went abroad, and others participated in movements for social transformation—may you inspire younger generations of Columbans to remain vital members of our society and strengthen their resolve to follow their aspirations with confidence and vitality.
Medicine has pushed the boundaries of humanity’s capability to understand the body and nurture our well-being. As physicians, you are at the forefront of adding to this collection of knowledge that helps prolong and improve lives, and this event is a vital opportunity to find greater solutions to the contemporary challenges of your milieu. May your endeavors lead to new insights in your field of expertise and help bring the Filipino people closer to lasting stability and progress.
As your government strives to elevate the standards of industry and public service in this era of renewal, we count on your participation in the advancement of your expertise. May this event empower you to discover new perspectives in modern medicine and biology, and enhance our initiatives to establish lasting progress in the country.
The bedrock of progress is a people committed and unwavering on their course. With our vision set on an equitable and inclusive Philippines, let us forge ahead along the straight and righteous path, assume our roles in this movement for reform, and hasten our fellow Filipinos’ march to the just and dynamic tomorrow they deserve.
Mindful of the roles we play in society, let us lend our strengths in forging a more empowered, revitalized Philippines. Together, let us steer our country further along the straight and righteous path and closer to the equitably progressive future we rightfully deserve.
Success in any discipline can only be realized through commitment, passion, hard work, and a desire for self-actualization. Let us constantly strive for competence as we reach for our goals, for this will redound to the advantage of our countrymen, motivating them even more to cast their stake in nation-building.
We are bound together by our oath to serve the Filipino people, to put their interests above all else and work to secure their welfare. Knowing that we in government have dedicated, passionate medical professionals such as yourselves who commit their time, effort, skills, and expertise through health care and outreach programs, is truly heartening. May your warm, caring hands continue to bring relief to our countrymen and help ease their pain.
These past few years, the Philippines has become one of the prominent success stories in the global economic scene. Perhaps some of you have read the story of how, in 2010, the Filipino people voted for the idea that ultimately turned our country around, the idea that drove my campaign for the Presidency: Where there is no corruption, there will be no poverty.