MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday honored the parents of the graduates of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa who were able to send their children to college despite rising prices of basic commodities.
In her speech as commencement speaker, the Vice President recognized the sacrifices of the parents of the graduates of the university.
“Sa mahal ng bilihin at pamasahe, dagdag pa ang baon at school supplies ramdam natin na kahit nago-overtime ay hindi sapat para sa inyong pamilya, kaya ang araw na ito ay para sa inyo rin,” Vice President Robredo said.
(Amid the high prices of commodities and transportation fares, additional allowances and school supplies, we feel that even if we work overtime, it might not be enough for your families. That's why this day is also for you.)
During the processional with university officials and local officials led by Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, the Vice President was introduced as “ang nag-iisa at tunay na Bise-Presidente ng bansa" (the only and real vice president of the country).
In her speech, the Vice President also inspired the graduates by telling the inspiring stories of individuals featured in the Istorya ng Pag-asa program of the Office of the Vice President.
Robredo told the story of Ave Zurbito-Alba, who was a former household help and janitress, court stenographer and law student, until she became a municipal trial court judge in Daraga, Albay.
She also mentioned the story of a street sweeper in Naga City known as Aling Charing, who finished high school at the age of 50 and college at the age of 54.
“Ang ilan sa atin marahil kapareho ng kwento ng pagsubok nina Judge Ave at Aling Charing. Ang kanilang halimbawa ang dapat magpaalala sa atin ng ating ipinaglalaban at bakit natin kinakailangang magpatuloy sa mga ginagawa natin,” the Vice President said.
(Some of us have stories similar to Judge Ave and Aling Charing. Their examples should remind us what we are fighting for and why we have to keep on doing what we are doing.)
Some 1,332 graduates from the Colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Letters, and Criminal Justice got their diplomas in the morning commencement exercises attended by the Vice President.
The Vice President urged them to serve their country and their city.
“Ngayon ang unang araw ng inyong paglalakbay tungkol sa isang napakagandang buhay, isang buhay na sana ay ialay niyo para sa Muntinlupa at para sa ating bayan,” the Vice President said.
(Today is the first day of your journey towards a good life, a life that you would hopefully live for Muntinlupa and our country.)