Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata
18 March 2005
VP Noli to CEU
VICE-President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro yesterday urged new graduates
of Centro Escolar University (CEU) to consider practicing their
profession and applying their skills, and talents in the country
instead of going abroad.
Speaking before CEU officials, graduating students and their proud
parents during the school’s commencement exercises yesterday at the
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), De Castro said the
country badly needs the services of its own citizens during this time
of economic difficulties.
Though he did not discourage the graduates from finding greener
pastures in foreign lands, De Castro sought to awaken their sense of
nationalism by reminding them that nothing is greater than serving
their own fellowmen and using their knowledge and capabilities to help
move the nation forward.
And in serving the motherland, De Castro further urged the CEU
graduates to be either entrepreneurs or experts in their chosen
fields. The Vice President pointed out that this was the
successful approach adopted 40 years ago in the now progressive
Knowing the important role of educational institutions in molding
students into productive citizens, De Castro also lauded CEU for
producing thousands of professionals who are now excelling
fields, such as dentistry, business, computer science and information
De Castro noted that there are about 44,000 licensed dentists in the
country but only 20,000 of them are active. “I’m glad that many of
these practicing dentists came from CEU,” he said.
CEU students who finished computer courses are gaining success in the
field of technology. As proof, they are recognized by leading
companies in the information and communications technology sector like
Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Globe and PLDT, he added.
Amidst the difficulties, De Castro said the challenge for the new
graduates is to strive for excellence, adding that the only way to
succeed is through hard work and perseverance.
“It is my hope that you will elevate the caliber of our professionals
through your attained knowledge. You must be at the forefront of our
nation’s struggle for progress. I exhort you to remain dedicated to the
service of our country,” he said. (end)
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