To Be "Tatak Dualtech"

J-SumatraI may not be able to become a doctor and civil engineer, but one thing is for sure, Dualtech helped me realize what my true dream is. As for my fellow alumni, I just hope your dreams take you: to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities and to the most special places your heart has ever known. Because we should all be proud “Tatak Dualtech”.  

Mr. Jerry D. Sumatra, Trained and Employed at Boston Semi Equipment Philippines, Inc. | Awardee, Gold Merit and Outstanding In-Plant Training Performance

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Eight years ago I once dreamed of becoming a doctor. I used to get my Lolo’s stethoscope and played with it together with my friends. We would normally put the small disc-shaped resonator against our chest, the two tubes connected to our ears and would hear the sound of our hearts and lungs. Unfortunately, taking up medicine will cost us a lot, so I decided to give up that dream during my childhood. Years passed and I graduated from high school. I realized I wanted to become a CIVIL ENGINEER. I entered college and took the course in Manila. Unfortunately, while I was studying, a  Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines in November 2013. I was worried that the typhoon would have its landfall in Leyte where my family stayed. I had a hard time focusing in my studies for I had no communication with my family for few days after the typhoon. Wishing that I should be there helping them. But with God’s mercy and days, I got news that they were okay and no harm inflicted on them.

After this disaster, I continued my studies in college knowing my family was safe, but unexpectedly another typhoon hit me; my grandfather passed away in 2014. He was the one who supported me with my studies while I was in Manila.  

I gave up my dream again because we could no longer afford my studies for four more years. My Lola Purit advised me to enter a school which will give me work the soonest to help my family financially, and that is DUALTECH. I started my journey on April 14, 2014. There were plenty of guidelines, strict rules and for every offense, corresponding demerits will be given. We had technical subjects but of all the subjects, there was one that I would never forget: Benchwork. I was standing for six hours filing my work piece, cutting it to make a C-frame, drilling holes and filing again and again until I reached the right measurements for each side. I was really exhausted during those times. I was even complaining to myself why I had to undergo these hardships. Months have passed, I realized that Benchwork was teaching me to acquire virtue; and if I have virtue, I could do anything and endure everything. Enhancing the virtue also supplemented by personal and spiritual formation which included attending daily masses. At first, I found it really boring. I would just normally attend mass when our adviser and other facilitator told me to do so. But as time went by, I understood the true meaning of attending daily masses and started participating by my own will, which I have been doing up to now.

I was honored to become part of the one year program where I was able to enhance my leadership skills, teaching me to become more matured and responsible. I was able to serve my fellow students and Dualtech. I learned that the more you think of others, the more you will be happy. St. Josemaria Escriva (the founder of Opus Dei) mentioned that in order to be useful you have to serve.

I was lucky to be assigned in Boston Semi Equipment Philippines as my sponsoring company. My patience was tested as we try to repair and refurbish hard-to-repair printed circuit boards. I also learned to get along with my fellow co-workers and to offer your work and difficulties daily as St. Josemaria taught us.
 
These two years had been a great journey. We almost gave up. I remember when Pope Francis visited Leyte in 2015, he told the people that Jesus never let us down and he cries and walks with us in the most difficult moments of life. I think we need to undergo the process. No matter what sort of difficulties we encounter, no matter how painful our experiences can be, there is one thing that we will always remember and that is not to lose hope. I may not be able to become a doctor and civil engineer, but one thing is for sure, Dualtech helped me realize what my true dream is. As for my fellow alumni, I just hope your dreams take you: to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities and to the most special places your heart has ever known. Because we should all be proud “tatak Dualtech”.  

 

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