My heartfelt greetings and congratulations to the exemplary microfinance institutions, succesful microfinance borrowers, nominees, and the organizers of the Sustainable Income for People in the Agrarian Grassroots (SIPAG) Awards of 2008.
More than ever, in this era of global competitiveness, I urge Filipinos to rethink of themselves as entrepreneurs - as creative and innovative micro, small, and medium business persons - who will serve as the base of a sustainable and steadfast economy. This may vary well be the elusive answer to our thrust: Labanan ang Kahirapan.
Under my administration, I have time and again instructed government financial institutions and encouraged private ones to make their capitals available to highly conscientious individuals who, through sheer determination and discipline, are able to make a better life not only for their families, but also for the communities surrounding them. I believe that a broad base of entrepreneurs will propel this country to greatness.
Through the SIPAG Award initiative, we can now truly say that ramdam na ramdam ang kaunlaran.
(SGD.) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo