Sec. Carlos Jericho L. Petilla
Visayas State University
April 22, 2015
First of all, I would like to express my thanks to the students, administrators, faculty and staff of the Visayas State University (VSU) for inviting me to take part on your graduation ceremonies as your guest speaker. Inspiring and motivating students most especially those who are about to be part of the professional world would be very difficult since they are already fully aware of the different up-hill struggles the world has to offer. However I am here to justify that the world awaits you and would support you if you have the courage and the eagerness to venture into the unknown.
When I was about to graduate from college, I am also nervous. Though I know what I want to be, I am still uncertain of how I can achieve my dreams. This however did not stop me. I became a professor for nearly five years and this gave me time to keep my mind fresh while working as consultant in several companies. At first, it was really challenging but we should not surrender or be complacent on what we have. To be proactive in all our pursuits and guided in all our decisions most especially in dealing about how we can achieve our future is a must. If you want to become a doctor or a lawyer you must work for it and the road going to it will never be easy.
As our country continues to grow, we need to support our development by providing our industries enough professionals. I am quite aware that some are planning to move abroad in search of greener pastures. I hope that this so-called “brain drain” will not affect our future as a nation as it entirely rest in your hands. I don’t blame you for looking for another country to excel, however the Philippines still needs you and your talents. Remember that this country gave you the sense of hope and inspiration. Never lose her or abandon her. Serve her with dignity and pride.
In our sector, we are in need of young minds because honestly we need people who can continue what we have started and I believe that only through young Filipinos can we achieve in the preservation and sustenance of the sector.
Indeed we have challenges but these must not disinterest you to be part of the solution. We have the moral obligation to join the fight in answering a higher call for the country. From there we can be modern Filipinos whose strength is stirred by both love of country and people.
In closing, as you go on with your life no more as students but as new professionals, I hope that you will keep in mind the value which your school and parents instilled in you. Don’t lose them as these will be your weapons in achieving your dreams. I hope that you will aim high not only for yourself but for the country that inspired you to dream.
On behalf of the Department of Energy, congratulations at mabuhay kayong lahat!