The True Meaning of Hard Work and Resilience

It’s like the in-plant training was not tough enough, the pandemic struck and made matters worse. These fresh graduates are truly “COVID heroes”

Another batch of deserving young men completed their 2-year work-training program in Electromechanics Technology. Dualtech Training Center held its first graduation ceremony of the year last February 26. There were 60 scholars coming from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who took to the stage to accept their diplomas.


The day’s event started with a celebration of the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Jong Sabandal. Shortly after the mass, Dualtech’s Executive Director Jerry Webb Muhi conferred the graduates and awarded the diplomas. More than half of the graduates received merit and in-plant training awards. The graduates could not achieve this milestone had it not been for the generosity of various charitable foundations, companies, local government units, and individuals who helped in financing their education.


After receiving their diplomas, batch representative Rulan Lawrence G. Calipes, a scholar of Angelicum Foundation from the province of Bohol, gave his address on behalf of the graduates. In his address, Rulan expressed his gratefulness to God, Dualtech, and the people who helped him, and that the event was the mark of their perseverance and hard work. He stated that coming from a poor family in a rural town in the province, he was very eager to study and become successful. At first, he was quite hesitant having to leave home and study in Dualtech, but his doubts were overcome by realizing “my dreams [are] the greatest priority.” Rulan also pointed out the challenges brought by the CoVID-19 pandemic that struck during his stay in school: “I was the only one left among our batch because of a 3-month lockdown…I am thankful for the great concern for our safety and well-being. The school, Dualtech, never wavered in assisting us, sending provisions, medicine, and other means of support to help us. The most we could do is to be brave and persevere a lot and continue despite our fears.” He ended by congratulating his batchmates and wished them the best of luck.


The guest of honor was Ms. Eleanor P. Lansang, Assistant Vice President of the Scholarship Program, SM Foundation. Through a recorded video message, Ms. Lansang said she was truly honored and proud that even though the pandemic, the scholars never gave up and made it to graduation: “You have shown the true meaning of hard work and resilience.” She also added that the hardships and challenges that the scholars had faced and will be facing will strengthen their character. Ms. Lansang emphasized 3 of 14 life principles from Henry Sy Sr. for the graduates to live by. M-for Masipag (hard-working), I-for Integridad (integrity), and D-for Disiplinado (disciplined). She briefly explained that these three life principles were key to the success of SM Corporation and that everyone must practice them by heart. Lastly, she reminded everyone of the importance of being prayerful: “Offer to the Lord all your pains, all your concerns, worries…” “Idulog niyo [sa Diyos] ang lahat ng inyong kahirapan, at syempre, isabay niyo na rin ang inyong tagumpay at kasiyahan.” (Offer [to God] all your sufferings, and of course, include your successes and happiness.) She ended by congratulating the graduates and their parents and thanked Dualtech for inviting her to the joyous occasion.


To cap the ceremony, Dualtech President Arnolfo Morfe gave a short but meaningful message. He thanked everyone for “opening the year with a salvo of good stories coming from the graduates”. He described the graduates as “CoVID heroes”, for they survived the war against the CoVID-19 virus. He added that this milestone in their lives will become their great asset. He hopes that each graduate will continue to persevere in what they have started and that they can truly be men of integrity, hard work, and discipline. To close, Mr. Morfe left with the graduates two important qualities to hold on playing “ML” (short name for favorite past-time of the youth, “Mobile Legend”) but turning this into “More Ls” which is to grow more in – labor (work) and love (virtue) – precisely that comprise the motto of Dualtech.


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