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PIA Press Release
2009/06/15

Bacolod exec extols courage, industry on freedom day

Bacolod City (15 June) -- Mayor Evelio Leonardia stressed the need for courage, skill and industry as a pathway to genuine freedom during his speech in the 111th Independence Day of the country at the Bays Center.

The mayor, taking the cue from the theme: "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan," said that courage, skill and industry will be the key attributes that will lead the entire nation to the real freedom that it has long aspires.

"Hopefully, the words will seep into the gamut of our Filipino psyche and awaken those values that have long lain dormant in some of us," he said.

He also hailed the courageous role (Kagitingan) of the country's brave heroes who fought for our independence and planted the seeds of freedom in the Filipinos' mind so that we will continue to defend its sanctity from invaders.

"It is this kind of courage and dare we need today to go beyond what is just and complacently perceived. This is what we also want from our leaders, to go beyond the present to realize the future, no matter what the odds and obstacles are."

Leonardia cited his administration's goal of putting up the New Government Center (NGC) that was met with various criticisms but in the end was realized and now stands proud as the city's new leading landmark.

"It was plain courage to do what is good for the city and for us Bacoleņos that this administration sees the need of our people to have a concrete symbol of their government at par and worth the dignity in this present time of global upheaval and progress."

"Had we not the will and courage and had we been intimidated by political enemies and critics, your New Government Center could not have been where it is now."

The mayor cited the "Kagalingan and Kasipagan" (skill and industry) of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) "who have substantially and consistently propped up our economy through their dollar remittances."

"If we have our heroes who gave us independence, today we also have our heroes who are slowly but surely working their way in our economic independence. They are as Pres. Gloria M. Arroyo said, our modern heroes who are partly responsible for saving our economy." (PIA-LOL) [top]

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