“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it is not big enough.” 
As we ride on the continuous progress of the economy and on the gradual improvement of consciousness of our fellow Filipinos regarding financial wellness, we must take our profession to the next level. If we are to reach the level of professionalism akin to that of doctors or lawyers, we must be organized in the same manner as they organized in their respective associations, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Medical Association. That is why the goal of LUAP for the long haul is to become a self-regulatory organization (SRO). Being an SRO will give us the chance to reach out to the entire insurance industry and conduct continuing education programs. It will give us a more influential voice in dialoguing with the government regulators. It will make us stronger as an industry amidst the ASEAN integration. The goal is to achieve 60% membership among the financial advisers this year, which is around 27,000. While we are happy that we have more than doubled our membership this year at 5,000 members, we need your support to have more members.  
To make membership more compelling this year, we have introduced lower fees in the first 6 months of the year and provided value-added programs to our members, particularly the free sales clinic, the Sales Mastery Series and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner program. For the first time, we are distributing membership kits to our members, which include a membership card and a certificate, and the different privileges and discounts with partner establishments. We have also increased our presence in the social network, fortifying our presence in Facebook and introducing our own Youtube channel, LUAP TV. Our partnership with our active chapters in Cebu, Cagayan De Oro and Baguio also plays a vital role in spreading our cause to the entire nation. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current board for their unselfish volunteerism—Sherry Ong, Rachel Arimas, Karen Yulo, Angie Flores, Aileen Palmes, Nico Serrano, Mark Fernandez, Joy Go, Josephine Chua, Rogel Morales, Nellie King, Aisa Villacorta, Christine Duran and Agnes Ng.  Thanks also to the volunteers who have spent time and effort to help in our activities. We also thank the past presidents, particularly the two recent ones, Cecil De Mesa and Janette Lee, for their inspiring guidance and vision.  Finally, we thank all our members and all those who will be members this year and the coming years, for their belief and support. 
I have never seen an industry that is so united under one cause, which is to help our countrymen reach their dreams. I have never seen people helping each other out, lifting each other’s spirits and guiding each other, whether they come from the same company or not. This is such a noble and thriving business, and I feel so privileged to be part of it and it is an honor to serve the industry through LUAP. There is still much to be done, but let us savor the journey and celebrate our little victories. Onwards to success and may God bless LUAP and all its members! 


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