Vice Governor’s Message: OCCES Centennial Alumni Homecoming King & Queen

My respect to our beloved Governor, Hon. Herminia M. Ramiro; to our Representative of the 1st District & my better half, Atty. Jorge T. Almonte; to our beloved City Mayor dinhi sa Oroquieta City, Hon. Jason Almonte; sa atong Vice Mayor, Hon. Lemuel Meyrick Acosta; sa atong maanyag nga School Principal, Mrs. Maricris B. Traspe, uban sa tibuok teaching force dinhi sa OCCES, sa atong alumni association officials headed by Mr. Jesus Epimito O. Suico, sa atong Alumni King Esteve & Queen Lilibeth, Princes and Princesses, sa tanang alumni nga ania karon, friends, ladies and gentlemen, maayong gabie and Happy Centennial Anniversary!

Thank you for making me a part of this 100th year Anniversary Celebration. Wow, this means that OCCES has been producing thousands of graduates from then until now. This institution has been very instrumental in shaping graduates to become productive individuals and successful professionals for a hundred years already. Can we give a big clap for that? Congratulations OCCES! Pastilan kung alumna pa ko dinhi sa OCCES moapil jud unta ko sa pagkandidata isip Alumni Queen. Bitaw, di bale kay alumnus man pud ang akong ambongan ug pinalanggang kapikas nga si Cong. Jorge T. Almonte.

Kaning pag-abot ug 100 years, whether celebrated by an individual or an institution, this milestone is a testament. Testamento ni siya in our ability to survive sa tanang mga trials nga atong naagian; testamento sa pag adapt sa mga changes, considering how modern na atoang technology karon; ug testamento usab sa atoang pag grow as we have faced challenges along the way. That being said, maka-proud kaayo nga maka-witness ug makaabot aning tuiga. We are very fortunate to be a witness aning once in 100 years nga celebration.

As part of a policy-making body dinhi sa atong Sangguniang Panlalawigan, I can personally vouch that education plays a huge role in helping us develop and build a province that is economically strong and socially relevant. That is why, sa atong Provincial Government, ga-set aside ta sa kanunay ug budget for scholarship or financial assistance alang sa mga deserving students. Aside pa niana, aduna pod kami uban pang nahimo sa atong probinsya sama sa atong Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletic Complex o MOPAC nga nahimutang tapad diri sa OCCES. Ug dako kaayo ang atong kalipay nga nahibalik na gayud ang atong gikahinaman nga grandstand kay nasayod ko, nga dugay na gyud nato na nga gipangandoy. Karon atong nakita nga napahimuslan gayud sa atong mga katawhan.

I would also like to add nga with the implementation of the K to 12 program, atong nakita how competitive the employment standards are becoming – ug kana nagpasabot nga all the more, we must make education a priority tool for development and poverty alleviation. Thank you OCCES for being a keyplayer in this aspect – you have been doing a great job for a hundred years already.

On a lighter note, I would also like to say congratulations sa tanang alumna nga nag participate and nag support aning Centennial Celebration sa OCCES karon, especially sa atong Alumni King and Queen kauban sa ilahang princes and princesses nga mga gwapa ug gwapo kaayo ug samot karong gabhiona ug sa ilahang respective batches nga mitabang sa ilahang representative nga makadaog alang sa success ning mao nga celebration. Kini, dili lang para i-parade ilahang beauties, kun dili para usab kini sa usa ka maayo nga project which is ang construction sa new SPED Building sa OCCES. Again, congratulations sa atong mga alumni kay aduna gayud silay mga plano ug mga panglantaw sa ilang school. Ug dili gyud basta-basta ilang himoon nga concrete project. So, mapasalamaton kita sa mga malumong kasing-kasing ug sa inyong makanunayong pagsuporta, gali sa ako nga na-mention kaganiha nga si Cong. Jorge T. Almonte, usa man ka alumni dinhi sa OCCES, wala gyud niya nakalimtan ang iyang eskwelahan pinaagi sa pagbuhat ug mga proyekto sama sa Multi-Purpose Hall or Covered Court nga atong napahimuslan karon ug sa tapad niini nga kaluha nga the only covered tennis court in Misamis Occidental. Busa, angayan nga ato silang pahalipayan sa masipang pakpak.

Moving forward, if I am to describe what OCCES has accomplished over the years, I will use this one big word – and that is LEGACY! Peter Stople has a very simple but meaningful definition of legacy and I quote: “Legacy is not just leaving something for people, but it is leaving something in people.”

With this, I will leave our faculty a challenge to engage our pupils in teaching-learning processes that bring about long transformation. Kinahanglan ta nga mo-engage together sa atong mga pupils in producing and generating new knowledge so that we can help society solve some of its current, relevant and urgent concerns. I also challenge our graduates and alumni to continuously improve yourselves for us to be a better, useful and contributing members of society desirous to be at the service of others.

When we educate our people, we do not leave them an education degree but with the education they have earned, we also empower them and leave them with the most powerful tool that they can use to earn a living.

Once again, thank you OCCES for helping generations through education. We wish you more accomplishments and more success.

Cheers to 100 more years! Mabuhay ang OCCES and may God bless us all!

 

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