ROTARIANS: CATALYZE! SYNERGIZE! MOBILIZE!
Speech of Roberto M. Pagdanganan, President of the Rotary Club of
Manila, RY 2012-2013, at the Induction Ceremony of the Rotary Club Of Cebu
Saturday, June 30,2012, Waterfront Hotel
Ladies and gentlemen:
Maayong gabii kaninyong tanan!!!
Tonight, I am deeply honored to be with you during the induction of officers and directors of the Rotary Club of Cebu, the second oldest Club in the Philippines, the Mother Club in Cebu, and the first daughter Club of the Rotary Club of Manila.
We have here a delegation from the Rotary Club of Manila and we are very happy to convey to you, your Mother Club's most sincere felicitations!
MABUHAY ANG ROTARY CLUB OF CEBU!!!
The Rotary Club of Cebu indeed, has a lot to be proud of. For eight decades, you have been undertaking numerous medical and dental missions, environment conservation and livelihood support projects. Your Community Scouts Center has helped rehabilitate thousands of youthful minor offenders who otherwise would probably have become
hardened criminals. Your Contra Dengue project and Holistic Life Preparedness Program are worthy of emulation.
We at the Rotary Club of Manila are indeed very proud of our firstborn!
While struggling about what topic to talk about tonight, on the flight from Manila to Cebu, I came across an article in the papers about President Noynoy's statement on the occasion of his second anniversary in office today.
Let me share some excerpts with you . . .
"I have always been a believer that the mission of government is to take actions to create fairer outcomes for society. If we ensure that growth is inclusive from those in the center to those in the margins of society, then all of us will feel that we have a stake in moving forward, and will do our fair share to make sure it happens.
"The global community has recognized the seriousness of our goal to close the gap between the rich and the poor and to eradicate corruption.
"Today,we continue to dream and dream bigger!
"May I ask you to help me answer the question . . . How do we transform not just our official but also our populace, to looking at the officials not just as provider of solution but rather as enabler of solutions?
"Partnership like this will undoubtedly bring us to our dreams closer and faster."
Speech of the Governor during the Rotary Club of Manila’s
First Membership Meeting for 2013
Manila Polo Club, 3 January 2012, 12:00-2:00p.m.
Officers and members of the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM), led by President Obet Pagdanganan, who are joined by the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Leon Guinto headed by President Lody Garcia and of the Rotary Club of Manila-Sta Ana led by President Marci Bautista and of the Inner Wheel Club of Manila, led by Pres. Dolly Gupit, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by greeting you all a Peaceful and Prosperous 2013.
It is a pleasure, once again, to be part of the Rotary Club of Manila’s first Membership Meeting of the year . . . and to have the opportunity to share with Rotarians the BSP’s views on the year just past and the expected global and domestic developments that could help shape the year ahead of us.
Having done this for five or six years now, I’ve lost count, I feel like I am a member of this jolly group already. Although I know I have to put in more time to earn one of those metal badges of honor.
I am told that to deserve that golden metallic nameplate will take decades. Unfortunately, the BSP Charter has imposed a two-term limit to the central bank governor.
Before I digress any further, I hope you will not mind if I, as one who feels part of the group already, would go directly to the meat of my remarks this afternoon.
2012 – A year of transition for the global economy
2012 has been described by economic analysts as a year of transition.
The year began with economic policy makers in the advanced economies wrapped with uncertainty about whether their politicians would be able to deliver the required votes on economic reforms essential for the resolution of the European sovereign debt crisis and the aversion of the US fiscal cliff. Markets were jittery and credit spreads were high.
In the meantime, emerging market (EM) economies policy makers on the other side of the globe while doing relatively better, had become increasingly concerned with “spillover” to their economies, given the relative importance of Europe and the US as trading partners to these economies.
In meeting after meeting among EM central bankers, the questions we asked of each other were: “How could we avoid any adverse effect on our own economies? How much would any spillover be?”
Crisis prevention and mitigation had thus become the mantra of policy makers across the globe.
In a major way, central bankers stepped in while the markets waited for the political resolution to the twin issues.
Central bankers became the catalysts for preventing another global financial crisis from erupting. Among others, the ECB’s OMT (or Outright Monetary Transactions Program) and the Fed’s QE3 (or its third offering of Quantitative Easing) provided the financial markets with both the “actual” liquidity and the “psychological” calm that they needed to break their crisis mentality.
Now, Europe seems to be getting closer to a resolution to its debt problems. The US economic growth appears to be gaining some traction, although it is still a work in progress. . . .
Even as the medium-term implications are still unclear, the fact that the US fiscal cliff has been avoided over the weekend provided support to the markets when they opened yesterday.
Risk appetite has again emerged. And as one commentary I read said, “Happy New Year – Risk on!”
In our own backyard and in response to these dual concerns, the BSP calibrated domestic monetary conditions by cutting our policy rates by a cumulative 100 basis points. This move reduced our borrowing rate from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent.
Speech of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala
to the Rotary Club of Manila
January 17, 2012
Good afternoon. I trust that you all had a good lunch, and are in a good mood to listen. I know that if their stomachs are grumbling, people find it difficult to pay attention to any speaker.
Thank you for inviting me to your meeting. Special thanks to Ka Obet Pagdanganan, who has served for many years as governor of Bulacan, and who is your current president.
The Rotary Club of Manila is the premier service club. Your members are well informed and concerned about national issues. So I am grateful for the chance to inform you about what the Department of Agriculture is doing. Of course, I look forward to hear your feedback on how we can further improve our work. I also hope to hear your suggestions on how can work together, for the good of our country.
As Secretary of Agriculture, my mandate is to insure our food security. In simple terms, “sapat, ligtas, masustansiya, at abot kayang pagkain para sa lahat.”
This is quite a challenge. We have a growing population, but our agricultural land area is not expanding. In fact, it is even being reduced because of conversion to non-agricultural use.
The majority of our farms are small, partly because of our agrarian reform program. Hence the Department of Agriculture must pay special attention to our small farmers and fisherfolk, so that their productivity will increase, and produce the surplus that will feed especially our urban dwellers. For this to happen, they need technical assistance, but they also need services that will help them increase their income, so that they will continue to be motivated to improve their production.
Speech of Rtn. Joe Assad
to the Rotary Club of Manila
November 28, 2013
Please Allow me to thank you for inviting me to speak to you today especially after last weeks illuminating speaker my good friend and brother and fellow Rotarian Mr Issam El Debs the Honorary Consul of Syria. Thats a tough act to follow. So please bear with me as i try to add to what Issam has said touching on a few points that he raised. I am also humbled by being here in front of you distinguished gentlemen as i remember in my early teens accompanying my father to the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong in the Madrid restaurant along Highway 54. He was the seargent at arms. He was also the jolliest sgt at arms cracking jokes every now and then. I remember fondly Dr. Victor Potenciano who owned the Polymedic hospital next to Madrid who my father would always sit with. He would half joke my father about getting a hair transplant. Thank God my father didn't get one. He almost did. I would sit quietly and watch as they went thru the same rituals we are going thru today.
The laughter the friendship the camaraderie was infectious. I always found it amusing when one or two of the rotarians would fall asleep during the guest speakers speech. Especially when the person fell asleep on one of the front tables right in front of the speaker. I still find it amusing today. I think those lunches i had with my father subconsciously made me join the Rotary Club but never in my wildest dreams did i ever see myself standing and speaking in front of the Rotary Club of Manila, the oldest and most prestigious club in Asia .Needless to say, but ill say it anyway, I haven’t been able to sleep for the last few nights thinking about it as i have a fear of public speaking. Finally last night i went into a deep sleep and i dreamt I’m speaking and everybody fell asleep.
My speech today will be like a mini-skirt. Long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to hold your attention 🙂
Let me start by saying that Lebanon, the Paris of the Middle East is a democracy. The one of the oldest democracies in the middle east. Lebanon never had a dictator. Lebanon has presidential elections every six years. We never had a Khaddafi or a Saddam or a Mubarak or an Assad for that matter. But We have been occupied for hundreds of years sometimes by the Greeks The Romans The Persians The Crusaders the Ottomans the French and yes the Syrians. Bear in mind that Lebanon from north to south east to west is barely 10,000 square kilometres and Syria in comparison is 440,000 sq.kms. Lebanon is like a small province in Syria. We are about the size of Bukidnon in then Philippines.Yet sometimes the Lebanese think that they are bigger and better than all of Syria.
Speech of Ambassador Neil Reeder
to the Rotary Club of Manila
November 6, 2014
Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat. (Good afternoon to everyone.)
I am honoured to be here this afternoon to speak before the esteemed members of the Rotary Club of Manila and I thank Babe Romualdez, Frank Evaristo and the leadership of the Rotary Club of Manila for inviting me to speak today.
I am aware of the important role your organization performs in civic citizenship throughout the world including the initiatives Rotarians are doing in Canada.
Your efforts in improving the lives of the local communities you’re operating in are much appreciated. I was just in Tacloban City less than two weeks ago to oversee the turn-over of hospital equipment and supplies collected by the Rotary World Help in Vancouver to the newly rebuilt Tacloban City Hospital.
Rotarians in Canada have been assisting various local Rotary groups in the Philippines for the past few years. Since last year, around 20 containers of humanitarian aid have been sent to the Philippines.
The Philippines is one of the highest recipients of donations from Rotary World Help out of the 57 developing countries it has been serving around the world. Each container has an estimated value of $350,000.00 to $500,000.00.
Speech of BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.
Membership Meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila
January 8, 2015
On behalf of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, I wish all of you a successful, meaningful and prosperous New Year!
Now, what are the chances these wishes will come true? Well, it depends largely on the choices you will make as professionals, businessmen, as family men and as members of the community living up to the Rotary Club of Manila’s brand of public service.
From the point of view of the Bangko Sentral, what do we see? As your speaker in January last year, I described 2014 as a year to be marked with “continuing growth amidst recurrent risks and uncertainty.” Ladies and gentlemen, all these came to pass.
In retrospect, we faced national and global difficulties -- we had typhoons, uneven growth in the world economy, political unrest in the Middle East and Russia, and market uncertainties from divergent moves in the global markets.
But because we have done our homework and continued to implement our reform agenda, the Philippine economy stayed the course and continued to grow above trend.
In particular, for the first three quarters of 2014 the economy grew by 5.8 percent, in an environment of low and stable price movements. Full year inflation averaged 4.1 percent, marking 2014 the 6th consecutive year that inflation was within the target range of the Government.
Ladies and gentlemen, this was achieved because we were vigilant and took timely calibrated responses to unfolding events. In mid-2014, for instance, inflation edged higher on market talk of possibly tighter monetary conditions in the US. At the same time, inflation expectations began to rise while real and financial assets continued to climb.