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Roxas to local DILG officials: Tagumpay ninyong lahat ito

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas joined on Monday (August 17) the regional and provincial directors of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the first leg of a two-day meeting held in Rembrandt Hotel, Quezon City.
With the theme “Pagpapalawak at pagpapatibay ng pagbabago tungo sa maayos at matinong pamamahala,” the meeting of DILG leaders was also attended by Local Government Academy (LGA) Executive Director Marivel Sacendoncillo and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares, who gave the welcome remarks and a speech on leadership for reforms, respectively.
The outgoing DILG Chief was greeted by an audio-visual presentation that highlighted the changes and improvements that happened in his two and a half years as Secretary.
Roxas, however, was quick to shift the praise back to the directors.
“Kayo, kayo, ang gumawa niyan,” he said.
“The responsibility of DILG and your responsibility to the success of our nation is really incalculable. Every single one of you contributes to the success of the LGU. And that LGU’s success contributes to the success of our entire country,” he added.
Roxas discussed the importance of leadership in nation-building and focused on the future.
“The future is something that we shape. The future is something that we plan on, that we work towards,” he said.
“We know what we are capable of and we as a nation know we have a bright future ahead. If we work together, we can make that happen,” he added.
Roxas also lauded the directors for the improvement that has happened under them.
“You are leaving your posts a better place than when you found it,” he said.
In his speech, Roxas bid the directors a fond farewell, saying, “If nothing happens to me after this, this will be my last posting.”
“It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to serve with you,” Roxas ended.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.