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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

PBBM keen on high-growth path

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday vowed to lead the Philippines in overcoming challenges toward a high-growth path as it recovers from the crippling effects brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, the President led the country in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine independence at the Quirino Grandstand and Rizal Park in Manila for the traditional flag-raising ceremony.

“Today’s celebration has taken a whole new different meaning, as we mark this occasion with renewed hopes and spirited resolve to rise anew as a nation, not from political oppression but from economic scarring engendered by the crippling and lingering effect of the pandemic,” President Marcos said in his toast remarks during the vin d’honneur in Malacañan Palace.

“That is why, as a way to honor our forebears, it is my duty as President to keep this house in order, and steer the country to a high-growth path whose effect will be felt by each and every ordinary Juan dela Cruz,” he said.

The President expressed hope that this year’s celebration and commemoration would be a continuing reminder to Filipinos that it is only through unity and solidarity as a nation that they can safeguard the freedom won by their ancestors.

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Mr. Marcos encouraged his fellow Filipinos to look at history as they set their sight toward the horizon, where the promise of a brighter future awaits the nation.

“It is our shared responsibility to foster a society that upholds democracy, social justice, and inclusivity so that every Filipino can flourish and contribute to our nation’s growth,” he said.

“From where our country stands now, we recognize that challenges will continue to test our mettle as a nation, but with unity and solidarity of the Filipino people, we can endure even another 125 years with our heads held high.”

President Marcos also hopes the country could continue strengthening its ties with the members of the diplomatic community, as he called for ways “to take our relations to new heights.”

The President likewise invited his colleagues in government and partners from the private sector to continue drawing inspiration from the courage and determination of our ancestors as they work to improve the living conditions of the Filipino people.

The vin d’honneur is an official reception hosted by the President at Malacañan Palace, traditionally held on New Year’s Day and on Philippine Independence Day.

The phrase, which means “wine of honor,” comes from the French practice and takes place at the end of inaugurations, speeches, and ceremonies.

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