At ELJCC dedication: ‘PNoy’ lauds ABS-CBN for empowering citizens
PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III commended ABS-CBN for its invaluable contributions to the nation, not just as a source of information and entertainment for Filipinos here and abroad, but for its efforts in public service and citizen empowerment during the blessing of the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center (ELJCC) in Quezon City on November 4.
” said the network has been a partner in instituting programs and projects that benefit the public with campaigns such as the citizen journalism movement Bayan Mo, I-Patrol Mo: Ako ang Simula and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig
“This kind of project gives Filipinos an opportunity to serve the nation by being vigilant towards the government. Like I said in my SONA (State of the Nation Address), let us shift from merely meddling in issues into taking part in resolving them and making change happen,” he said. ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III (EL3), meanwhile, said that it is “by grace” that it was Aquino who dedicated the 10-year-old ELJCC as they had already postponed it twice; the scheduled dates had coincided with typhoon Reming and then the impeachment trial of former Pres. Joseph Estrada.
“As one looks back, my father (Eugenio Lopez Jr.) had a clear idea on who should dedicate this building, and with Pres. Aquino with us now, it seems he has determined that now is the time,” he said. EL3 also said that while Aquino is in public service by being in public office and ABS-CBN is in public service by being in business, they can work hand in hand for the benefit of the country. “Though we start from different points, we journey together towards a rapidly developing Philippines where every Juan de la Cruz lives a life of dignity complete with education, livelihood, healthcare and shelter,” he said.
Lopez Group chair Manuel M. Lopez (MML) said the President can expect the Group’s full support and prayers for the success of his administration. “As Pres. Cory’s leadership was an inspiring one, Pres. Noynoy’s is one that is truly engaging and empowering. We salute the son as we love his mother,” MML said. ABS-CBN awarded the winners of the 2010 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards and launched its Christmas campaign dubbed “Ngayong Pasko, Magniningning ang Pilipino” on the same day, which was also the 82nd birth anniversary of Geny Lopez Jr.