to the Board of Directors of the US-Philippines Society
and Manila Business Forum Participants
I am honored to welcome you, the distinguished directors of the US-Philippines Society, to the 2017 Board Meeting and Business Forum. This marks the fifth anniversary of the Society’s launch and takes place during a year of political transition in both countries.
The highlight of our program of activities this year is a meeting with President Rodrigo R. Duterte and members of his economic team. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to convey to the President and his Cabinet our desire to help improve the longstanding relationship between our two countries.
I also hope you will take advantage of opportunities for business networking, and I look forward to your advice on how the USPHS can plan effectively for the future.
Together, we have accomplished much over these past five years. With new leadership in both countries, the Society should strive to play an even more helpful role in the year ahead in reaching opinion makers, promoting mutual understanding, and strengthening bilateral ties.
This Board Meeting is being held at a fortuitous moment, as both countries go through their respective political transitions. We will explore opportunities for the Society to pursue its mission of strengthening ties between our two countries under these new circumstances.
I thank you for your continued assistance in carrying out the Society’s mission. And to those coming from abroad, I wish you a pleasant and productive visit.
Manuel V. Pangilinan
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