Friday, January 7, 2011

Aquino hpes for a Better Life for Filipinos in 2011

Aquino leads toast to "better life" for Filipinos in 2011

January 7, 2011, 9:36pm
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III led hundreds of political, business and economic leaders here and abroad as well as the diplomatic community in his first toast to the New Year, which the President said is optimistically viewed by most Filipinos to improve their lives.
“Their optimism will be validated. This year, businesses will invest more in the country, creating new jobs for families,” the Chief Executive said in his Vin D’ Honneur message before the New Year’s toast with the diplomatic community, members of Congress, his Cabinet and other political allies.
The President said government resources will be spent to uplift the lives of the poor and the Philippines will once again be “a voice in the world for freedom and fairness.”
He said challenges from an uncertain outlook for the global economy and a noisy minority who want to rekindle the malicious practices of the past can be overcome by working together to fulfill the promise of the year ahead.
“We have much to look forward to,” the President stressed after which he asked his guests to raise their glasses to a toast for a prosperous and peaceful 2011 for all.
In his reply, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, expressed “symbolically, our common effort at forging a genuine community of Peoples and Nations and to reflect with each experiences of the past and look towards a future that we all hope will be ever more serene and auspicious.”
“The past year, we have followed with attention and interest the chain of events that have tested the democratic processes and capacities of this great nation. What has resulted in a smooth transition to a new leadership that asserted its resolve to tackle with determination and efficiency the urgent problems which confront the Filipino people,” Adams said.
He said President Aquino took the path with courage and vision, manifesting the political will and tenacity to preserve the tenets of democracy, to safeguard the common good, to unite the vital forces of society and to assure a peaceful future for the people, irrespective of religion, culture or religious background.
Globally, Adams said, 2010 was marked by a series of natural and man-made disasters, threats to the environment, the problem of energy security, the question of water allocation, food procurement and management, among others.
Particularly worrying, Adams added, is the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis and the multiplication throughout the world of instances of confusion, struggle and conflict.
“We continue to witness how demanding it is to stay on the path that leads to truth, justice and reconciliation and how important to this end is a commitment to the dignity of the human person and the defense of human rights,” Adams concluded.

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