A Different Perspective

j-cruzI can tell from experience, to those who think they are “poor” – no one is really so poor as to have nothing to share – you can be strong to be source of strength. I have seen the witness shown by my friends who helped me along. Let us be the future of this country. Let us pledge to help in return.  -- JOSH RHOBERT CRUZ | Merit, In-School and In-Plant Performance, and Learning Excellence Awardee; Trained at Temic Automotive, Inc.

As far as I can remember, I’ve attended eleven graduations as a student here in Dualtech. From the last Dualtech graduation in the university that I used to enroll, up to the time that the graduations were already held here in Canlubang. I watched all the Salamat Po Speeches of each batch representatives, various stories of facing challenges and how they survive. I have the same story to tell but from a different perspective.    


I used to be enrolled in a university in Pasig but because of pressures, lack of focus with university life and overly conscious on what will my career should be without having concrete plans ahead, I quit after two years of staying there. My Spiritual Director in the university, an Opus Dei priest, strongly suggested to me to try a school in Canlubang that I might fit in and that is Dualtech. My parents and I came here two years ago, and Sir Ding toured us around and the first thing that got my attention was the Mechanical Laboratory, students were filing a piece of metal in Benchwork. It was dirty and they looked tired while doing it. I am not exposed to doing such works. Another thing that bothered me is that it will be also my first time to be far away from Marikina and stay here all alone. Puzzled with the advice given to me by my spiritual director, what will be in store for me here in Dualtech? 

Mahirap lalong lalo na sa umpisa habang ako ay nag a-adjust. Meron akong lifestyle na naka-gisnan sa Manila kaya talagang nahirapan ako. Mahirap dahil sa dami ng rules at halos lahat ng subjects dito ay actual hindi tulad sa university ay puro classroom discussion. Nabigyan ako ng demerits sa dahilan ng pagiging late. Madalas may ibang mga tao dito ako ay binibiro kasi kaya ako nandito sa Dualtech kasi ako ay ni-rerehab. Hindi nakakaenganyo ang mga experiences na ito kaya madalas sinasabi ko sa aking sarili na hindi ako magtatagal ng isang buwan. Umalis ako sa dati kong eskwelahan dahil sa pressure at ngayon may kakaibang pressure nanaman akong nararanasan, natatakot na baka isa nanamang failure ito sa aking buhay.  Sinabihan ako ng mentor ko na alamin ang estado ng ibang tao para mapasalamatan ang kung ano ang meron ako. Nagsimula akong makipag-usap sa aking mga kaklase. Ako’y namangha sa aking mga nadiskubre, may isa akong kaklase na ipinagkakasya ang 50 pesos na baon nya sa buong araw na kung saan 40 pesos ay pamasahe pa lang. Ang isa naman ay gumising ng alas tres ng madaling araw para makapaglakad ng isang oras at makarating dito na hindi ma-late. May isang student na umiyak kasi first time nyang mag blow ng candle sa cake dahil birthday nya. Na challenge ako sa aking nakita at sinubukan na pagbutihin ang aking pag-aaral. Nakibagay ako sa kanila at inintindi kung saan sila nangagaling. Minsan kahit nakakahiyang aminin, sa tuwing ako’y nahihirapan sa mga workshop subjects, ang mga taong nabanggit ko pa ang nag papalakas ng aking loob na kaya namin ang lahat ng pagsubok dito sa school. Kaya sila din ang mga naging tunay na kaibigan ko dito. Namulat ako dito sa Dualtech na mas maraming mga tao na may mas malalaking hamong hinaharap sa buhay at pilit nilang kinakaya ito. Kaya na-realize ko na dapat lagi akong nagpapasalamat sa mga bagay na mayroon ako dahil karamihan sa kanila ay hindi magkaroon ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan upang mabuhay ng maayos. Ipinamulat sa akin ng Dualtech, na may mga mas malalaking pagsubok na hinaharap ang mga tao na kung ihahambing sa mga maliliit kong concerns na kung saan ang akala ko ay malaking bagay na.

Nag-apply ako maging parte ng one year program. Nandun pa rin ang mga nagdududa sa akin pero meron na ring naka-pansin na kinakaya ko ang mga pagsubok dito. Isa sa mga formation talks namin natutuhan ko na “that I can be more effective if I would think less of myself. And to appreciate what I have by practicing gratitude and giving more.” Nagpaka-kuya ako sa mga bagong students dito dahil sa madalas ako po ang nag handle sa mga bagong pasok. Mas rewarding kung makakatulong ka sa kanila at masarap pakinggan sa tuwing tinatawag nila akong Kuya Josh. May mga sitwasyon pa rin na kung saan ang biro na ng iba sa akin ay “sa Dualtech ka na lang mag OJT baka hindi mo kayanin sa planta.” This time, hindi ko na ito pinapansin. Sa tuwing ako ay nagdududa sa aking sarili may mga taong madali ko ng puntahan at humingi ng payo. Mas chinallenge ako ng aking mga advisers na patunayan na kaya ko pang pagbutihin. May isang payo akong natanggap dito na lagi ko naaalala “failure is an event and not a person.” Yan lagi ang nagpapabalik sa aking kumpiyansa. 

Sa planta kung saan ako nag in-plant training at dito noong ako’y nag ASTP na, mas lalong rewarding kasi napasama pa rin ako sa mga kapwa estudyante na patuloy nagbibigay inspirasyon sa akin. At ang pinaka hinahangaan ko ay ang boardmate ko sa Taguig, na mas bata siya sa akin pero mas kinakaya niya ang hamon sa buhay, na kung saan kaya nyang pagkasyahin ang 100 pesos sa isang Linggo kasi ito lang ang kaya ng budget nya; at hindi siya nagrereklamo.  Na appoint akong over-all chairman ng ASTP na kung saan mas lalo pa akong nabigyan ng pagkakataong makapaglingkod sa kapwa estudyante ko.
And now I’m here representing our batch to give thanks to those who made all things possible the reason why we are graduating. 
To our parents and family members for the undying love and support the reason we were able to achieve this milestone in our life we thank you. 
To my classmates and friends here in Dualtech. Thank you for all the random inspiring stories and support especially on times I’m doubting myself. You always remind me that it’s better to give than to receive. 

Thank you to our advisers, industry coordinators, mentors and coaches. For believing, guiding and most especially challenging us to make us tougher and more confident in facing fears and difficulties both here in school and in the plant.

To Continental Temic and the rest of the sponsoring industry partners for this batch, thank you for the opportunity of allowing us to be trained further in your companies to enhance our skills and knowledge to be more equip to the industry standards.

Thanks to Fr. Gary Soria, for convincing me to take this chance of enrolling in this school. I’m still finishing the puzzle, for it is still not complete. I’m still figuring things out. I’m  convinced the reason why I’m here in Dualtech is not only to have a job and to have better future, but truly to grow as a person and be humble enough to say yes to God’s will always, to inspire and influence more people with the same struggles in life as I have.

To Dualtech, for your generosity of giving us hope, opportunity and transformation. This is a school not only for technical skills to develop, but it also helps its students to go beyond, discovering their purpose which makes them live life full of meaning and determination. You taught me to adapt in order to be more human with my dealings in life. I came here almost nobody believes in me, but you strengthened and boosted my self-confidence by motivating me to fight all types of challenges.
 
And most especially, to Our Dear Father God Almighty, for guiding us up to now and not to abandon us in this journey of life. 

To my fellow graduates, graduation is not the end but the beginning of something new. We need to share all that we have learned in Dualtech, and serve as inspiration to others. Like what Nick Vujicic said, he’s a motivational speaker without arms and legs, “if you cannot find a miracle, then try to be a miracle to others.” I saw this happens in Dualtech. I can tell from experience, to those who think they are “poor” – no one is really so poor as to have nothing to share – you can be strong to be source of strength. I have seen the witness shown by my friends who helped me along. Let us be the future of this country. Let us pledge to help in return. 

 

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