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Inaugural Address of Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio

Inaugural Address of Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio

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The Global Journey
Inaugural Address of Hon. City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio28 June 2010 | General Santos City
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ISANG MAPAYAPANG HAPON AT MAALIWALAS NA PANIMULA SA ATING LAHAT.MAGANDANG GENSAN GENERAL SANTOS CITY!LIKE ALL OF YOU, I ALSO DREAM. I, TOO, AM A PARENT DREAMING OF GREAT THINGSFOR MY CHILDREN. I AM ALSO A CHILD WHO DREAMS THAT MY PARENTS ENJOY ALIFETIME OF PEACE AND SERENITY IN THEIR TWILIGHT YEARS. I, TOO, AM A YOUTHWHO WANTS TO LIVE A ZESTFUL EXISTENCE IN THIS LAND. YES, LIKE YOU, I, TOO, AM AFILIPINO CITIZEN, WHO WANTS TO LIVE A DIGNIFIED LIFE IN A PROSPEROUS COUNTRY.LIKE YOU, I HAVE HOPE IN MY HEART. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF OPTIMISM INSIDE OFME THAT ALTHOUGH GREAT THINGS AND EVENTS HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED, EVENGREATER THINGS AND EVENTS ARE JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN.IT IS THE SAME HOPE AND OPTIMISM THAT MUST HAVE FUELED THE EARLYDREAMERS OF THIS LAND SOME SIXTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO, WHEN THEY DREAMEDTHAT A BUSTLING CITY WOULD RISE FROM DUST AND THORNS.IT IS IN HONOR OF THOSE TEARS AND SWEAT THAT I KEEP THE DREAM AND HOPEBURNING; IT IS IN REVERENCE TO THE MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO TOILEDAHEAD OF ME, BOTH LIVING AND DEAD, THAT I PRESENT MY SELFLESS SERVICE. IFONLY SO I CAN MEASURE UP TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR OUR US AND OURGENERATION, I AM TODAY EXTENDING MY WHOLE SELF IN EQUAL SACRIFICE.I HAVE A DREAM. AND IT IS ALSO YOURS. I STAND HERE TODAY AS YOUR ELECTEDCITY MAYOR, EXTENDING MY HANDS SO THAT WE CAN DREAM TOGETHER.TODAY, OUR CITY HAS WARMED UP. WE HAVE STARTED THE ENGINE TWENTY YEARSAGO WITH THE INCEPTION OF THE SOCSKSARGEN DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK. FORTHE PAST TWENTY YEARS, YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DRAWING UP ATRAJECTORY OF GLOBAL PROMINENCE. STARTING TONIGHT, WE WILL BE ON OURFIRST GEAR INTO A GLOBAL JOURNEY.
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The Global Journey
Inaugural Address of Hon. City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio28 June 2010 | General Santos City
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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TODAY, I AM TAKING YOU WITH ME TO A GLOBALDESTINATION.JUST AHEAD, I SEE A CITY TEEMING WITH GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES.I SEE A CITY BURSTING WITH ENERGY AND OPTIMISM.I SEE A CITY WELCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL GROWTH.I SEE A CITY COMPETING WITH THE OTHER GLOBAL CITIES IN ASIA.YES, I SEE A GLOBAL CITY.AND THAT CITY IS OUR BELOVED GENERAL SANTOS CITY.THIS IS A VISION THAT WE CAN REALIZE. AND WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE CANREACH THAT GLOBAL DESTINATION.YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME WHEN I SAY WE ARE A SELF-SUSTAINING CITY. WE CREATEOPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND WE CAN PRODUCE THE NECESSARY OIL FORTHESE GROWTH MACHINERIES THAT MAKE THE GRIND.OUR RESILIENCY OR OUR ABILITY TO EASILY RECOVER AND BOUNCE BACK FROM THEODDS HAS BEEN TESTED SO MANY A TIMES. IT IS A FEAT OF CHARACTER THAT WEHAVE EXPLOITED TO OUR ADVANTAGE.WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN POSITIONING THE CITY AS THE TRADE, SERVICE,HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTER IN THIS PART OFSOUTHERN PHILIPPINES.NOTWITHSTANDING THESE POTENCIES, WE SHOULD NOT STOP HERE. BECAUSEWHERE WE ARE NOW IS NOT OUR DESTINATION. NOT YET.
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The Global Journey
Inaugural Address of Hon. City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio28 June 2010 | General Santos City
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SO THE PRESSING CHALLENGE NOW IS, WHERE DO WE WANT TO LOCATE OUR CITY INTHE WORLWIDE COMPETITIVENESS SPECTRUM?HOW PREPARED ARE WE, GIVEN THE FACT THAT THERE IS SO MUCH CHANGE GOINGON IN ALL FACETS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION? CHANGES THAT HAPPEN SO FAST.CHANGES THAT SHAPE THE WORLD. CHANGES THAT AFFECT US, WHETHER WE LIKE ITOR NOT.WE ARE IN A TIME AND SPACE THAT COMPEL US TO RESPOND TO THE CHANGES THEYBRING. THE ONLY CHOICE LEFT OF US IS TO RESPOND, AND RESPOND POSITIVELY,PRODUCTIVELY, AND PRO-ACTIVELY.COMPLACENCY IS NOT AN OPTION. WE SHOULD NOT SIT ON OUR LAURELS ANDWALLOW WITH PRIDE ON PREVIOUS ACCOLADES. WE HAVE TO CONTINUECHALLENGING OURSELVES AND BELIEVE IN OUR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES.OUR ONLY ENEMY IS OURSELVES. EVERY GREAT THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TOHUMANITY CAME FROM SOMEONE’S MIND. IF SOMEONE CAN DO SUCH A THING, THENALL OF US CAN. AND WE CAN DO BETTER.YES THERE ARE CHANGES ALL AROUND US. PERHAPS FOR MOST OF US, THE FEAR OFTHE UNKNOWN BLOCKS OUR DRIVE TO PUSH FORWARD. CHANGE IS REALITY.CHANGE IS NOT TO BE FEARED. CHANGE IS BEAUTIFUL. CHANGE IS OPPORTUNITY. INTHESE FAST-CHANGING TIMES, I MUST SAY IT IS AN EXCITING TIME.“CHANGE HAS A CONSIDERABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT ON THE HUMAN MIND. TOTHE FEARFUL IT IS THREATENING BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT CHANGE MAY GETWORSE. TO THE HOPEFUL IT IS ENCOURGING BECAUSE THINGS MAY GET BETTER.TO THE CONFIDENT IT IS INSPIRING BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE EXISTS TO MAKETHINGS BETTER.” (King Whitney Jr. American inventor)SO, ARE YOU THE FEARFUL, THE HOPEFUL, OR THE CONFIDENT?
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