PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

Warm greet­ings to all the mem­bers of our beloved PLAI!

The year 2018 brings with it a few mile­stones in the his­tory of PLAI. It has seen an in­crease in the num­ber of mem­bers be­com­ing fully aware of what PLAI is all about and par­tak­ing in its ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams. It was able to ink in­ter­na­tional agree­ments with ASEAN coun­ter­parts in Thai­land and Myan­mar, paving the way to re­al­iz­ing this year’s PLAI Con­gress theme: “Con­nected Ac­tions, Col­lec­tive Vi­sion: Li­braries Trans­form­ing So­ci­ety”.

As we try to con­nect not only lo­cally but in­ter­na­tion­ally, we are able to cre­ate a vi­sion for PLAI—that is to trans­form our so­ci­ety into be­ing more re­spon­sive, cul­tur­ally aware, and solid. PLAI, be­ing the mother or­ga­ni­za­tion of li­brar­i­ans in the coun­try, ad­vo­cates con­nec­tion be­tween and among its mem­bers, as well as the so­ci­ety that they serve. As PLAI mem­bers and Filipino li­brar­i­ans, it is through our con­nected ac­tions that trans­for­ma­tion is per­me­ated into our so­ci­ety. There is a Ta­ga­log say­ing that goes, “Ang san­gang malayo sa puno ay hindi magkaka­roon ng ma­g­a­n­dang bunga.” In­deed, as we try to con­nect with one an­other, we make our bonds stronger, and as we make PLAI a stronger or­ga­ni­za­tion, we pro­duce mem­bers who will serve hu­man­ity with as­sid­u­ous­ness and em­pa­thy.

On the oc­ca­sions of the PLAI Na­tional Con­gress 2018 and the 84th Na­tional Book Week, I com­mend the Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee and the Na­tional Book Week Com­mit­tee for work­ing very hard for the suc­cess of these cel­e­bra­tions. I would also like to thank the mem­bers of the Na­tional Board of Trustees for pa­tiently shar­ing their in­sights and ef­forts. My pro­found grat­i­tude also goes to the spon­sors, speak­ers, par­tic­i­pants, and all other stake­hold­ers who shared their time in join­ing this year’s PLAI Na­tional Con­gress and Na­tional Book Week Cel­e­bra­tion.

Mabuhay ang PLAI!

MICHAEL A. PINTO, RL Pres­i­dent Philip­pine Li­brar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc.

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