The Vice President was the keynote speaker during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards last night.
This year’s laureates are Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Lilia de Lima of the Philippines, Yoshiaki Ishizawa of Japan, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia and the Philippine Education Theater Association. *
|Vice-President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo (photo credit to cnnphils)|
In her speech, she highlighted and urged leaders to give utmost attention to “the last, the least and the lost” and put others first before themselves amid the "deficit of hope and surplus of anger and frustration."
Robredo said that progress is not real if people are left behind.
“If we want to see even more growth, exciting innovation and prosperity, we must accept the fact that we cannot move forward without taking care of each other and making sure that no one is left behind,” she said.
It because of the negligence of those in power, people are “drowning in anger and frustration”, she said.
She emphasized the need for transformational leaders in this time of the world.
“Our world today has great need of you: those who would attempt to take on trenchant difficulties no matter the personal cost and sacrifice, those who would not do something not because it is easy but because no else will take on the challenge, and those who are living examples of transformative leadership and inspiring service.” Vice-President said.
The Vice –President also noted that leaders should also possess determination amid adversaries, respect for human dignity and faith in power of collective action. *
“These awardees address real and complex issues, take bold and innovative actions that engage others to do likewise and create outcomes that ordinary individual can feel. They show unbelievable courage, initiative when faced with resource gaps, fight daunting adversaries and strong opposition,” she said.
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