Warmest Greetings to Queen Sofia
As her visit to the Philippines ends, I wish to express the heartiest thanks to Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in the name of the Filipino people for her kindness in honoring us with her presence and visiting some of the many projects that have been funded by Spanish aid agencies, both public and private. The Spanish Government has been one of the most generous donors of Official Development Aid (ODA) over the last ten years. Even now when the Spanish economy is not doing as well as before, grants to some of the poorest regions such as those in Mindanao and the Bicol, continue to pour in. Spain is one of our most active partners in poverty eradication, especially in the countryside. Assistance from Spain comes in the form of Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as grants from private foundations. I am especially acquainted with the way one of the largest foundations in Spain, CODESPA, whose chairman is Prince Philip himself, the heir to the throne of Spain, has been very active helping a most successful technical training institute called Dualtech that has produced over the last thirty years more than 8,000 high-skilled electro- mechanical workers among out-of -school youth. The graduates of Dualtech have invariably found work in leading industrial companies like Lufthansa Teknik, Motorola, Ford, and other local and multinational companies.