Sustainable growth lies in quality human resource development – Belmonte

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON 2013) at the 3rd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City on Thursday (March 07, 2013). The MICE Conference is a prestigious gathering of key players in the travel and tourism industry. The conference will provide the Host an opportunity to showcase its destinations to approximately 400 stakeholders in the tourism industry comprised of: travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, professional congress/ exhibition/event organizers, association/corporate executives, destination management companies, airline representatives, local government officials, academe, students and the media. In photo are Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. (MNS Photo).

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON 2013) at the 3rd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City on Thursday (March 07, 2013). The MICE Conference is a prestigious gathering of key players in the travel and tourism industry. The conference will provide the Host an opportunity to showcase its destinations to approximately 400 stakeholders in the tourism industry comprised of: travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, professional congress/ exhibition/event organizers, association/corporate executives, destination management companies, airline representatives, local government officials, academe, students and the media. In photo are Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. (MNS Photo).

MANILA (Mabuhay) – May 1st should be celebrated by taking a more holistic view of human resource development, which is the key to our pursuit of an inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth for our country,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. declared on the eve of Labor Day.

“Filipino human resources are in demand globally. We see our countrymen at work in numerous occupations and contribute to the growth of those nations. Why then should we not take a long term view and develop mutually beneficial programs to improve the quality of our human resources for the benefit of our very own nation,” he said.

Belmonte said that human resource development is intertwined with, among other socio-economic concerns, programs on health, education and technology development, agriculture and food production, peace and security, environment protection, human rights, and the intensifying fight against corruption in all levels of the bureaucracy.

Belmonte also noted laws and legislative initiatives that raised government revenues to fund various socio-economic programs that continue to upgrade the quality of the country’s human resource.

“While I agree that issues affecting wages and workers’ benefits are truly important, there are, however, equally vital concerns that should be taken into consideration if we are to build a quality human resource for our nation. While addressing the issues of today, we should not lose sight of our long term objective which is bringing forth a brighter future for generations of Filipinos,” the House leader said.

“We should not stagnate and remain as a nation of factory workers, or be satisfied with being workers of foreign companies. We should already be laying down the foundations for creating a quality human resource of entrepreneurs, technology specialists and developers, inventors and other economic production leaders,” he stressed.

“Indifference has no place in the country’s march towards being globally competitive,” Belmonte said as he urged every citizen to give even an ounce of concern and transform this into concrete action towards achieving inclusive and sustained economic growth.

“Each Filipino is an important piece in the development puzzle, an asset,” the House leader said, stressing that while the road towards growth is seldom easy, it is a necessary challenge we must take on to move ahead.

The Speaker vowed that Congress would continue to craft laws and reform existing statutes to achieve a strong, creative and quality human resource.

“It is through our strong labor force that we are able to concretize socio-economic programs. It is through the labor sector that we are able to realize our aspirations for the nation’s dreams,” Belmonte said. (MNS)

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