Bayugan City— Amidst the unfriendly weather; all the way from Bislig, Surigao del Sur, OIC-Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos was the guest speaker for the Ring Hop and Candle Light Ceremony at Agusan del Sur College, Inc. (ADSCO) on March 28, 2017.

With the event’s theme, “Meeting challenges, commitments and fortifying curriculum reforms through quality higher education.” Atty. Ramos started her speech from DOLE’s various programs such as Government Internship Program (GIP) for college and graduating students to have experience in working in the government. She also told the 220 candidates for graduation to know one self’s real identity, to be true to themselves and in their dreams.

“Although the programs you have chosen would help you land a job later on, but please do not forget—the values you reap; for you to be able to succeed [in your prospective jobs]. No matter how much knowledge you have, no matter how much technical skills you have acquired, but if you don’t have the right attitude, you will not [surely] succeed. You might succeed for a short time, but it will not last long.” she said.

She reminded them that becoming successful takes a lot of perseverance, time and the right attitude. The director also emphasized the evolution of technology, against the country’s culture, discovering oneself and media information. She encouraged them to use social media responsibly and not pretend for what they see through those websites and applications—instead remain true to themselves.

“Information is just in the tap of our fingers…So, this is an opportunity as well—the social media—for us to improve, for us to develop… Be mindful. Be careful. Be what you want to be.”—Atty. Ramos

She reminded the graduates-to-be that competing in the local and global workforce requires skills and attitude such as constantly adapting to technology, discovering one’s truest desire and embracing diversity.

Half way to ending her speech, Atty. Ramos emphasized, “You are the future of this generation. You will be the catalyst of change that make our economy better.”

“As you light, we each must do our part. To serve our country and God.” After quoting few lines from the school’s hymn, Atty. Evelyn Ramos added, “Caraga is such a beautiful region. It has so many potentials. And you are one of Caraga’s assets. And you are one of Caraga’s human potentials. Strive for it and be successful. The success that is set by you, it should not be set by other people.”

©END || Krisha A. Villanueva