MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino inaugurated the Nokia Siemens Networklab at the UP-Ayala Technohub on Monday.
The facility serves as Nokia Siemens Networks' research and development facility.
In his speech, President Aquino said opening the facility is a "source of pride" and "vote of confidence" for the Filipino work ethic, skills and creativity.
He said it also embodies change in the country since his administration took over.
He said militant students have also somehow acknowledged the change under his administration.
"Some militant students used to complain that when they graduated, they had no job prospects; today, they complain that they want jobs other than those that are available. In their own way, they are acknowledging the changes. And in response to those critics, we say: yes, there will be other jobs available," Aquino said.
Aquino said he is optimistic about the country's future with the progress the administration has done in working towards self sufficiency, enrolling more beneficiaries for the Conditional Cash Transfer, providing vehicles and equipment for the military, among others, "without raising taxes."