In the courtesy call of the ASEAN Business Club, President Benigno Aquino III promoted the Philippines as an investment destination to high ranking business executives from all over the region. This comes on the heels of implementing reforms that were initially seen as impossible to implement.
The president even pressed that they invest with their hearts by becoming the country’s partners in making better opportunities to improve the lives of Filipinos. He added that there are even more prospects since the reforms were implemented. He highlighted that this is a great opportunity to interact with people coming from different segments including the government and businesses - particularly now that the region is moving into an increasingly globalized environment. Furthermore, the president noted that this will help improve the state of business operations because the organizations involved will have to work together to achieve a common goal.
Another important thing that the president pointed out is since businessmen are the captains of the industry, they should utilize their power to work towards a better life for the communities where they operate.
According to the president, businesses would not have flourished if not for the millions of people they interact with. Moreover, he said the success of the Philippines is a result of a collective achievement of the people who were determined to make the reform work.