Friday, January 9, 2009

Acceptance Speech by Medie De Castro, Incoming President 2005-2006

Mrs. Susima Gonzales, our inducting officer, Dr. Linda M. Tayona, Chairman-PNU LIS Department, Prof. Ruben P. Marasigan, Chief Librarian, Prof. Miguel M. Cobaria and other members of the LIS Dept., colleagues in the profession: Good Morning!

Based on the By-Laws of the Association, if your are elected as the vice-president, automatically, you will be the conference chair for the whole term. That’s why, when I got elected as vice-president, I felt hesitant to accept the position because as you all know being a conference chair is a very difficult task. But with the help and cooperation of my co-officers and members of the Board and ex-officers like Ms. Placida Socorro Limpin and Connie J. Estigoy and with the guidance of our advisers, especially Professors Ruben P. Marasigan and Miguel M. Cobaria, I can say that I successfully passed the challenge and am ready to accept more challenging tasks ahead and to respond to the concerns of our Association.

Our group will continue the plan of activities of the outgoing president. Primarily, the Scholarship Program for deserving LIS students. Hopefully, we can start the program this coming June 2006. With this, we are asking your help through your monetary pledges and tapping other alumni to share their resources so that we could raise funds and continue to support the program.

We are aiming also to conduct not just fora but a series of seminar-workshops in and outside Metro Manila for the professional growth of our members as well as the non-members.

Lastly, I would like to appeal to all the members to actively participate in all the activities of the Association and religiously pay your annual membership dues in order to sustain the financial needs of the Association. Once again, good day and thank you!

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