"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,

can circumvent, or hinder, or control

The firm resolve of a determined soul.

Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;

All things give way before it soon or late.

What obstacle can stay the mighty force

Of the sea-seeking river in its course,

Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?

Each well-born soul must win what it deserves.

Let the fool prate of luck.

The fortunate is he whose earnest purpose never swerves

Whose slightest action or inaction serves

The one great aim."

We are reminded of this poem by American author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, as we reflect on what our leader brings to the table on a daily basis.

For this poem truly embodies you as a ONE DETERMINED SOUL with ONE GREAT AIM—to transform our country's public transportation system, with an end view of giving the Filipino a most comfortable and convenient life they long and truly deserve.

To our father figure, inspiring mentor, and exceptional, strong-willed, and resolute leader, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

May the Lord continue to bless you a thousand-fold, our dearest Secretary Arthur Tugade!


—From your DOTr family