Thursday, January 22, 2009

Strengthening Ties, Regional Linkages and Cooperation

Below is the full-text of the address delivered by Ms Lilia F. Echiverri, PLAI President (2009-2010), immediately after administering the oath of office to the Council Officers of PLAI-STRLC at the Audiovisual Room 2 of San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite in Sta. Cruz, Cavite City last January 20, 2009.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, a pleasant good morning.

It is a great pleasure, and a great privilege, for me to be here with you today for the Oath Taking Ceremonies and Strategic Planning on the theme -"PLAI-STRLC : Strengthening Ties, Regional Linkages and Cooperation. I should like to express my gratitude to President Marcial Batiancila for the invitation, and to Rene Manlangit, Secretary of PLAI-STRLC, for inviting PLAI on my behalf.

I have come to learn from your experience, and I should like also to share some thoughts with you today. The theme alone reflects on common issues and concerns for effective cooperative undertakings for PLAI regional council librarians and libraries with PLAI taking its lead role.

Working together serves as the venue to renew and strengthen bonds of camaraderie and friendship among colleagues from the regions like STRLC. It is time for PLAI regional councils to reflect the past and plan for the future realistic programs and projects for its regions.

Let me express my heartfelt gratitude to your association in doing the first move. PLAI will not be a success without the participation of all the regional council.

We pray for a fruitful oath taking and strategic planning with all the officers and members of PLAI STRLC to gainfully sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas that will be able to map out the road for greater regional cooperation with regional councils. We wish every council's wisdom in assessing present condition and problem and, discernment in looking for solution for the betterment of the library profession in the regions. The call for Strengthening Ties, Regional Linkages and Cooperation (STRLC) in the areas of education, national information services, training, and library development, among others has been a recurring battle cry of PLAI. As we come to work for strengthening, regional linkages and cooperation, PLAI, therefore, we would like to reiterate this call.

Salamat po.

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