FORMER President Fidel V. Ramos on Thursday urged a gathering of Filipino and international realtors to start caring for others and to “take action for the common good and sacrifice for the common good” to help build a strong nation.
Ramos was the keynote speaker at the International Realtor Conference (IRC) arranged by the Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association Inc. (CREBA) held on Thursday at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Parañaque City.
The two-day conference, in partnership with the National Association of Realtors, consisted of lectures given by real estate leaders from around the world and was attended by delegates from the property sector in the Philippines, as well as from different countries.
At the gathering, Ramos shared his theme of “Caring, Sharing and Daring to make a difference” and reminded his listeners that they have a responsibility to care for the nation by making sure that proper measures are taken and followed in the construction of different property projects.
Ramos, who is also a registered civil engineer, said that people in the property sector who have knowledge of what is proper when it comes to the construction of buildings and houses should share that knowledge with the people concerned.
“Advise the builders what is proper about the soil,” he said.
Ramos also urged the realtors to target sustainability. He emphasized the importance of caring for the next generation.
“We must build a functional and sustainable environment for the ones after us,” he said.
Ramos also stressed the three concepts of unity, solidarity and teamwork to ensure growth of the economy is sustained.
Ramos explained, “We must have unity of purpose to be able to build a better future for ourselves; we must have solidarity in our values by loving God, other people and our environment; and we should have teamwork in order to build a strong nation.”
The former president ended his speech by challenging the leaders of the property sectors to dare to be different by thinking of different ways to change and improve the lives not just of others but of the whole nation, and that improvement starts when they begin to care for the people and for the nation.