(STII Mini Theater, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City, June 25, 2019)

My warmest thanks to the men and women of the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute and especially to its Director Richard Burgos for this invitation to join you on this special day.

We are gathered here today to celebrate and recognize our milestone achievements as well as the strong partnerships we have forged especially in the past year.

May we therefore extend a warm round of applause for everyone gathered on the occasion of the DOST-STII Partnership and Recognition Day.

May we also take this opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie in wait.

This past year has been a happy and successful year in some many ways.

It has been defined by a kaleidoscope of happy memories, supportive partnerships, and enduring relationships.

Of course there have also been some paths that may have been slightly more difficult to travel together. Yet in spite and despite the odd stumbling blocks along the way, we have traveled through yet another year—together, supportive, encouraging, and enduring.

And as we take the time to express our gratitude for a fantastic year gone by, we must turn expectantly to the year that lies ahead.

We look forward to another wonderful year: a time to build and strengthen forged relationships even further; a time to create and cherish even more shared memories and a time filled with dreams that are brought ever closer and milestones—whatever they may be—achieved.

Today, this 25th of June 2019, as we celebrate the DOST-STII Partnership and Recognition Day, I value even more the special people that we are able to share this occasion with-the men and women who compose this Institute.

It doesn’t matter where you go in life or what you achieve, or what you do. What matters most is who you have beside you along the way.

Before I end, I take this opportunity to thank DOST-STII for your efforts in spreading the good news about science and technology and their importance in achieving the country’s development thrusts and imperatives. Thank you to the DOST-STII family for being beside us this past year…and may you be ever near in the years ahead.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay and STII!