President Benigno S. Aquino III challenged this year’s graduates of Ateneo de Manila University to reach out to their poor fellow Filipinos so that they can contribute to the Philippines’ quest for progress.
Addressing the graduates of the University, the President advised them to take the right path and get involved.
“Madalas tayong maharap sa sangang-daan at sa sangang- daang ito, ang pinakamahalaga kong payo ay huwag kayong matakot na gawin ang tama,” he said.
“Ang tanong ko sa mga Atenista, hanggang saan ang pagiging man for others ninyo? Gaano kalayo ang down from the hill? Half way down the hill lang ba kung kayo na ang nasa tuktok ng mga korporasyon?” he asked.
The answer, according to the President, is: It’s for everyone not becoming burdens of their fellow Filipinos and not to remain at the sidelines if they see other people suffering. He added that it is not right to disregard the needs of their poor neighbors.
The President noted that even small things made by people in positions can affect the lives of ordinary Filipinos. If there are people suffering, it’s everyone’s obligation to help them and fight corruption if they see any.
Quoting his father, the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., President Aquino said: “The ball is now in your hands. Tumawid na kayo mula sa mga nag-aabang tungo sa mga pumapasan ng mga tungkulin. Tungkulin ng bagong henerasyon na ipagpatuloy ang mga nasimulan ng mga nauna sa kanila.”
He also told the graduates that his administration is working very hard so that the next generations of Filipinos do not inherit the current problems of the country, hoping that they will not pass these kinds of problems to succeeding generations.
The President, who has been at the helm of the government in less than nine months, said that investors’ confidence in the government remains high and Filipinos must seize this opportunity.
This can be seen in the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, as more and more businessmen come in to put up operations in the Philippines, he said.
“Sa dami ng mga nagtatayo ng mga BPO, lalampasan na natin ang India na dating number one sa larangan ng call centers. Kung dati walang mahanap na trabaho, may bagong problema tayo ngayon. Ngayon ang problema natin ay kung paano pupunuan ang mga nag-aabang na mga posisyon dito sa BPO,” the President said.