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Rm. N-411, House of Representatives, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 2 931 5497, +63 2 931 5001 local 7370

(Inspirational Message delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the Fred Hollows Foundation Optometrists’ Forum at the Holiday Inn, Makati on 14 October 2023)

With more than two million people in the Philippines alone having to live with visual impairment, preventable blindness is a growing global phenomenon that is made all the more tragic because it is a loss that could have been avoided. It robs individuals of their ability to see and experience the world around them, affecting their independence and self-determination, quality of life, and overall well-being. 

The history of nations is punctuated by the intense rivalry for expansion and power from ancient times, to the Persian and Roman empires, to the European nations’ quest for colonies in Asia and the Americas, the Napoleonic wars, and down to the present day powerplay between United States and China in the West Philippine Sea (also known as the South China Sea) and the Taiwan Straits, disturbing the geopolitical landscape in Southeast Asia and East Asia.