My warmest greetings to the Rural Banking Association of the Philippines
as you observed the Rural Banking Week.
In the past three years of our administration, we have witnessed a steady rise
in our country’s economic trajectory. Our newly instituted social and fiscal
reforms – supported by unprecedented growth in GDP, upgrades from
international credit rating agencies, and heightened investor and consumer
confidence – have reestablished the Philippines as the next Asian tiger. All of
these accomplishments are due in part to the valuable contribution of our
rural banking industry. May you continue to be a driver of our economy, by
creating more investment and livelihood opportunities for Filipinos in our
rural areas, empowering them to play greater roles in revitalizing our nation.
The dynamic partnership of the public and private sectors advances their
respective enterprises, and proves the Filipino people’s commitment to
inclusive, equitable progress. Let us do our utmost to nourish our gains with
the revived culture of integrity, transparency, and accountability, in pursuit of
a brighter tomorrow for our country.
I wish you a successful gathering, and more power.
(Sgd). BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
Manila, August 2013