PNoy to youth: Do not be afraid
by Jose Mari M. Garcia
ANGAT, Bulacan, June 29 (PIA) – Envisioning the success of emerging local business potentials in the country, President Benigno Aquino III urged the Filipino youth to “not be afraid” in aiming high for business.
During the launching of the livelihood and training hub Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation (GKCSI) here recently, President Aquino narrated stories of business tycoons Henry Sy, Tony Tan Caktiong, and Alfredo Yao who started building names in the corporate world when they were young.
President Aquino inspired the youth volunteers with the story of Jollibee owner Caktiong who built the worldwide, fastfood giant with two ice cream parlors in 1975 at Cubao and Quiapo. Then an engineering student, Caktiong opened and closed the store himself and also became the cashier and waiter.
“Hinihikayat natin ang mga kabataan na mangarap. Huwag silang matakot mangarap (We push the youth to dream high. They should not be afraid of dreaming),” said President Aquino.
SM Supermalls honcho Sy, 86, the richest man in the Philippines, started serving at a sari-sari store when he came to the country at the age of 12. Zesto juice and Philippine Business Bank taipan Yao, 66, was orphaned at age 12 and had helped his mother selling on sidewalks.
Gawad Kalinga founder and chair Antonio Meloto cajoled the youth not to leave the country and “make rich countries richer.” He said the best of graduates should not leave because the wealth is here in the Philippines.
When asked why she had not left the country despite various offers abroad, Gawad Kalinga volunteer Cherrie Atilano, 24, said it was because of love and pride.
“Some of the youth are focusing on money, on their poverty, but in social enterprise you will grow. You could find true wealth here,” said Atilano, a Visayas State University graduate who received an international agricultural development offer among seven others from the United States.
In light of the pioneering growth of the “village university”, President Aquino said the opening of GKCSI would draw businesses nearer to communities.
The village university would teach and train students, children, residents, and entrepreneurs to create Philippine-branded products made of locally grown materials. The GKCSI located at Brgy. Encanto, Angat was the first of the 24 CSIs in the country that transformed idle lands to working laboratories and tourist destinations.
He disclosed that the micro, small, and medium enterprises comprise 99.6 per cent of the total businesses in the Philippines which would “be the country’s support to stop poverty.” (WLB/JMG/PIA 3)
MANILA — In efforts to mobilize the Filipino people to become active participants in nation-building, President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the launching of "Pilipinas Natin," a campaign for the partnership between the government and the people towards achieving the country's progress and development.
The "Pilipinas Natin" launch, which also marks the President's first year in office, will be held at the Philippine Sports Arena (formerly ULTRA) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.
At least 8,000 youth leaders and multi-sectoral volunteers are expected to grace the event where the President will issue a call for renewed volunteerism and active participation on the way to sustainable stability.
The campaign underlines the importance of unity and solidarity among all Filipinos that transcends political and sectoral affiliations. It emphasizes the need for all Filipinos to step up to their individual as well as collective responsibilities to build the foundations and framework for long-term development.
"Pilipinas Natin" represents the point of departure from the failed policies of incremental, trickle-down economic growth that characterized previous development plans.
Vigorous job creation, educational reform and comprehensive social welfare and development programs will be implemented to ensure attainment of sustained economic growth while attaining the Millennium Development Goals in terms of poverty alleviation and improvement of health of the people.
The campaign is also in response to the people's call for change, harnessing the sentiments of People Power, empowering a nation that imbibes and cultivates the innate Filipino culture of "Bayanihan."
The event coincides with the presentation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2011-2016.
The PDP is based on the Chief Executive's social contract with the Filipino people that served his campaign platform and which he reaffirmed during the inaugural a year ago.
The PDP embodies the aspiration of the Filipinos for a meaningful change. It is both a roadmap and a comprehensive program of action that was formulated after extensive multi-sectoral consultations with all relevant stakeholders. It is the translation into action of the Filipinos' hopes and aspirations.
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed to build 1,000 classrooms involving the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) and Gawad Kalinga.
An audience activity will feature the rope-pulling event that will show the importance of concerted efforts in achieving more for the country.
Song and dance presentations from various artists are also expected to add luster and energy to the occasion. (PNA)
Also, highlight of the event is the signing of a memorandum of agreement to build 1,000 classrooms involving the Department of Education, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and Gawad Kalinga