Pres. Benigno Aquino’s Message for the Rural Banking Week


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.


Manila, August 2013



Pres. Aquino's Message for the Rural Banking Week