In a statement, H E Castaneda said, “On this 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, the call for all Filipinos is towards shared responsibility in bringing about positive change to our country and our people.
“Pagbabagong sama-samang balikatin (Change undertaken together), this year’s theme, reminds us that progress and development is a collective effort, not just the task or responsibility of a few who happen to be in key positions.”
H E Castaneda added, “Each Filipino has a stake in the Philippines’ evolution and progress as a nation as well as a member in good standing of the international community. Each one has a responsibility to contribute towards a nation blessed with peace, prosperity and goodwill. This is more easily attainable if we, as individuals and groups, continue striving for harmonious relations, effective cooperation and excellence in our respective fields.
“The Filipinos’ strong sense of family and community is already an advantage in this endeavour. When burdens are shared and challenges are faced together, what starts out as difficult becomes achievable much earlier.
“As long as we work together, the shared vision of our nation, of the future we wish to attain, will be well within our reach.
“Mabuhay tayong lahat!”