On behalf of the Filipino people, who are indeed the ultimate beneficiaries of this magnanimous gesture, I thank these two industrial concerns—the U. S. Industries, Inc., and Koppel (Philippines) Inc.—for this invaluable gift. The material value of this donation, impressive as it is, pales beside the value count of the spirit with which it has been given. For these tools represent the goodwill and warmheartedness that the United States feels towards the Filipinos.
The intentions of the donors can not be equated with mere expressions of appreciation. The true worth of the gift is in its effective utilization, the fulfillment of its purposes. It is, therefore, our inescapable duty to see to it that this is so.