Makati City, Philippines—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Fred Pascual was honored with the prestigious Youth Leadership Role Model Award by the Rotary Club of Makati at their 59th Induction Ball Ceremony.

The award recognizes Secretary Pascual’s exemplary leadership and significant contributions, which have profoundly inspired young people across the Philippines.

“As the Secretary of Trade and Industry, I am often asked what drives my commitment to public service. My answer is simple: the boundless potential of our youth,” said the trade chief as he emphasized his unwavering belief in the potential of the nation’s youth.

“They are not just our future leaders but the torchbearers of innovation, integrity, and inclusive growth. To be recognized as a role model for them is not just an honor—it’s a responsibility I take to heart,” he added.

During his acceptance speech, the secretary compared public service to a relay race and stressed the importance of each generation of public servants building upon the work of their predecessors. He highlighted the continuous effort required to achieve long-term goals and make a lasting societal impact.

The relay race analogy, Pascual argued, underscores the significance of individual contributions within a team effort where every public servant plays a vital role in the overall success of the government.

Furthermore, Secretary Pascual called for a collective spirit of teamwork, dedication, and excellence among public servants, urging them to carry the baton of service forward for the betterment of future generations.

“Tonight’s recognition is a reminder that leadership is not about the position we hold but the positive impact we make on others. Let us all continue to inspire and empower the youth. Let us encourage them to dream big, work hard, and lead with integrity, for it is in their capable hands that the future of our nation lies,” said Pascual. The Rotary Club of Makati is a service organization dedicated to creating positive change in the community. The club’s members are committed to upholding the Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. The Youth Leadership Role Model Award is one of their most prestigious honors, given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and have made significant contributions to society. ♦

Date of release: 06 July 2024