Message of President Aquino to the ICCT Colleges Foundation Inc. on the occasion of their 21st Founding Anniversary, December 13, 2013

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the
ICCT Colleges Foundation Inc.
On the occasion of their 21st Founding Anniversary

[December 13, 2013]

My warmest greetings to the ICCT Colleges Foundation Inc. as you celebrate your 21st Founding Anniversary.

Information and communication technology is crucial to our country’s sustained socio-economic progress, and our restored distinction in the international milieu. This time of globalization requires us to be knowledgeable in this field in order to better serve our people and communities; computers and their peripheral devices play a critical role in workplace productivity. Our administration continues to invest in programs that strengthen these platforms, and we recognize your school’s efforts to translate our national initiatives into tangible realities.

May your anniversary be an opportunity to gather your academic community to work as one collective to uphold the best quality of IT education. To the administrators, teachers, and staff, renew your commitment to adopt the highest standards in your respective professions, and inspire the youth to harness their potential and take to heart the values imparted by their alma mater. To the students, channel your brilliance, creativity, and expertise for the good of your families, communities in the province of Rizal, and the entire Philippines.

In this juncture of our country’s narrative, when various calamities have struck many of our localities, we see the importance of the ICT industry in building bridges of communication and connecting roads to recovery. Now is the time to rise again, as we forge ahead along the straight and righteous path towards national renewal and restoration.

Congratulations, and much fortitude in the years ahead.