MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III has said the happiest moment of his presidency is when he sees the renewed optimism and the change in attitude among Filipinos, brought about by a stronger economy.
“At the end of the day, when you see the renewed optimism and the attitude that is different in our people, where it seems nothing is impossible. That, I think, brings out the ‘great’ as a nation, from the time we stepped into office when there was massive cynicism, where the primary goal was how to leave the Philippines, to now, with the young coming back home,” the President said when asked about his happiest moment in his life as president, during the 28th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.
He cited that the improvement in the economy has, according to the National Economic and Development Authority, lifted about 2.5 million people out of poverty, with an estimated 1.6 million getting new jobs.
Many Filipinos, he said, found new jobs in the manufacturing sector after attending programs conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
He also noted that young Filipinos living abroad have expressed their intention to return to the country due to the transformation of the Philippines.
“I was just talking about the young coming back home. That, again, makes us all happy and makes all of this worthwhile,” said the President.