PNoy tells businessmen to build better partnership with the Filipino Worker
President Benigno Aquino III issued a challenge to business leaders in a speech during yesterday’s oath-taking ceremony of officers from business organisations at the Malacañan Palace.
The newly elected leaders of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederations (Philexport), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) and the Anvil Business Club were praised by the president for accepting more responsibilities above what they already have.
He said ‘Given what you have already achieved, you could have chosen to relax and take it easy. Instead, you swore an oath that leads to a busier lifestyle, one in which you take for your own the concerns of your institutions and their respective members.’
The president said that, just like his job, the price of a hectic lifestyle is ‘satisfaction of knowing that you are working not just for yourselves, but for others.’
President Aquino emphasised in his speech the importance of being leaders for all. He challenged the officers to not only think of their respective businesses and the business sector. Instead, he asked them to extend their concern to the common Filipino since ‘we are all treading [the path towards progress] together.
‘It is the Filipino worker that populates your offices; it is the Filipino wage-earner that spends money on your products and services; it is the Filipino parent that instills values and knowledge in their children who will then sustain the cycle of prosperity and empowerment that we are experiencing now.’
The president said that investing in long-term prosperity for all is one way for businesses to build a better partnership with every Filipino: ‘We want the doors of opportunity open not only for the day, but also for tomorrow, and until the coming generations.
‘As we empower our countrymen today, they are given the ability to take hold of their future.’
Finally, President Aquino parted with one advice to the officials who, like him, are now representing many people from the business industry: ‘As you advocate for the sectors you represent, keep in mind that you are operating within the context of the nation.
‘With your partnership, we can take even greater strides for your sectors and the millions of our countrymen.’