Speech by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. at the Mass Oath-Taking Ceremony

Speeches 4 October 2023

Good afternoon, everyone, once again, and welcome to Malacañan Palace on this auspicious day.

We witness the oaths of exemplary and honorable individuals who have been, and who will continue to be, assets to our country.

These individuals are leaders and trailblazers in their own professions — exemplars of patriotism, of excellence, and wholehearted service throughout their careers and endeavors.

And that is why I bestow on them the challenging but rewarding responsibility that their respective positions will entail.

This is indeed a pivotal moment with you and your loved ones—because this is a big break that will change the course of your future.

This is also important for the nation and the offices and sectors you represent—for with your term comes the promise of new beginnings, new systems, new practices.

You now have more opportunities to create improvements in your respective workplaces.

And as appointed leaders, your unwavering commitment and even your mere presence daily are crucial to the sectors that you serve [and] to the performance of your respective mandates.

As such, I trust that you will remain models of excellence and integrity, especially to your staff, stakeholders, and communities.

This administration will spare no effort to provide the support necessary to address the pressing concerns that hinder development in the sectors of our communities under your authority.

For the families and loved ones who are present here today: I ask that you give our newly appointed officials your wholehearted support as they embark upon this very important path.

Public service is no easy task. Leading an office or a group with such a significant and influential role in the nation’s affairs will be difficult both for them and for you.

Life in government will always be hard and challenging, but every service delivered brings purpose, it brings fulfillment.

Pagtulungan natin maitaguyod ang Bagong Pilipinas kung saan ang mga mamamayan ay namumuhay nang pantay-pantay, nang mapayapa, ligtas, at makabuluhan.

Congratulations to our new officers. Mabuhay kayong lahat. Maraming salamat at magandang hapon po sa inyo. [applause]

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