MANILA, March 30 (PNA) -- As the country celebrates the National Women's Month, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday awarded the top Filipino women entrepreneurs in the Philippines who have not only realized their potentials as trailblazers in the fields of micro, small and medium enterprises but also endeavored to help other women to develop their abilities.
In his speech during the awarding of the Go Negosyo's Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017 in MalacaAang, the President congratulated the 26 awardees for their hard work and optimism.
The seed of hope and determination that you planted at the onset of your economic endeavors have borne fruit. Your achievements as well as your positive outlook in life now serve as an inspiration to other Filipinos to explore their own road towards empowerment and a better life, Duterte said.
He said that their success is proof that today's women are given more equal opportunities and roles in society.
Equality is more pronounced in our present time. More Filipinas are becoming leaders of their respective industries, contributing significantly to their institutions and making remarkable, major strides that uplift the living condition of their families and communities, the President said.
As leaders in their respective field, Duterte said that women entrepreneurs are vital partners in nation-building and urged them to help in the country's transformation towards becoming a regional and international economic leader.
As our country continues to be the leading APEC economy, where many of the businesses are owned by women, I hope that you will remain to be a vital partner in nation building, he said.
Further honed by your craft, grow your enterprises and nurture the sectors you serve. May you share with them your secrets to success, the positive attitude that made you win your battles and the principle that should not only be about can do's but also must do's. This will create a great impact on our country's ongoing transformation, the President said.
Lastly, he asked them to continue achieving better heights and to never stop making a difference in Philippine society.
Together, let us make change work for women and make women work for change, Duterte said. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency