President Aquino says his State of the Nation Address to reflect the country’s real status, administation’s commitments

Friday, July 19th, 2013. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 67th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association at the Grand Ballroom, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood City, Quezon City on Monday night (July 15, 2013). With theme: “The Good and Noble Man in Nation Building”. In photo are Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, UP Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association president Rolando Reyes and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje.  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 67th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association at the Grand Ballroom, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood City, Quezon City on Monday night (July 15, 2013). With theme: “The Good and Noble Man in Nation Building”. In photo are Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, UP Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association president Rolando Reyes and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said that next Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) will reflect the real status of the country as well as his administration’s commitments and principles to achieve an inclusive growth.

In his speech during the celebration of the 67th Founding Anniversary of the University of the Philippines (UP) Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association at the Grand Ballroom of the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City on Monday, the Chief Executive said this year’s SONA will lay down realities besetting the country to spur collective action among the citizenry towards economic progress.

“Sa susunod nga pong linggo, magaganap ang State of the Nation Address. Mahalaga pong imulat ang mamamayan ukol sa tunay na estado ng ating bayan, upang lalo pang tumaas ang antas ng pampublikong diskurso, at lalong dumami ang mga kababayan nating nakikisagwan sa tama at iisang direksyon,” President Aquino said.

The President underscored the importance of the collaboration between the government and the fraternity to advance the interest of the Filipino people.

“Nananalig ako sa pakikiisa ng inyong samahan sa pagtahak natin sa tuwid na daan. Sa pagsasanib ng ating mga tinig, at sa patuloy na pagkakapit-bisig, lalong lumalakas ang ating puwersa sa pagpapaunlad ng kabuhayan ng lahing Pilipino. Ituloy po natin ang sama-samang pag-aangat ng bayan; at taas-noo nating tunguhin ang katuparan ng ating pangarap,” he stressed.

The President expressed hope that the gathering may inspire the country’s fraternity members to participate more actively in nation-building while his government continues its efforts to widen the avenues towards far-reaching and sustainable opportunities for the Filipino public.

“Kumpiyansa po tayong sa ikalawang yugto ng ating termino, lalo pang aarangkada ang ating serbisyo. Magandang pagkakataon ito upang patibayin pa ang ating pagtutulungan sa pag-abot ng ating kolektibong hangarin bilang nagkakaisang bansa,” he said.

“Umaasa akong patuloy ninyong isasabuhay ang mga prinsipyong tumitimon sa UP Beta Sigma Fraternity, sa ngalan ng katuwiran at pananagutan. Ang hangad natin ay patuloy na isakatuparan ang mga makabuluhang serbisyong nagmamarka sa kasaysayan, itaguyod ang pangmatagalang kapayapaang nagbubunsod ng kaunlaran; at magsilbing bukal ng pag-asa at kalinga para sa kapwa,” he stressed.

The President also lauded Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje who belonged to UP Beta Sigma Fraternity, for helping his government to revitalize the country.

“Naka-ukit sa kasaysayan ng UP Beta Sigma Fraternity ang mismong kasaysayan ng Ikatlong Republika ng Pilipinas. Sampung araw nga po matapos kilalanin ng mundo ang ating kasarinlan noong ika-4 ng Hulyo 1946, itinatag naman ang inyong kapatiran. Kasabay na hinarap ng inyong samahan ang mga hamon at pagsubok sa ating pagsasarili, at ang pinagdaanan ng sambayanan sa nakaraang animnapu’t pitong taon,” he said.

“Lumipas man ang mahigit anim na dekada, di pa rin kumukupas ang pagpapakitang gilas ng inyong mga brod sa iba’t ibang larangan. Nariyan ang labinlimang Betan na kabilang sa Outstanding Young Men awardees ng bansa. Siyempre, proud din tayo sa tatlo ninyong alumni na kasama nating naglilingkod at tumutugon sa mga problema ng bayan; sina Kalihim Volts Gazmin, Procy Alcala, at Mon Paje,” he said.

This year’s theme is “The Good and Noble Man in Nation Building.”

The U.P. Beta Sigma Fraternity was the first post-war fraternity in the Philippines – a brotherhood transcending the barriers of regional origins, creed and social status. It is currently one of the largest fraternities in the country in terms of the number of established university based and alumni chapters.

The name was derived from the Greek letters Beta (ß) and Sigma (S) which stands for “Brotherhood of Scholars.” Scholastic excellence, one of the core ideals of the fraternity, is a requirement to qualify for membership. (MNS)

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