Paying it forward by donating PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 August 2018 11:48

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Some years back Ricardo Marmoleño donated some 9 hectares of coastal property he owned in Barangay Victoria in the East Coast to the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST). Having once sat in the Board of Trustees of the college, he saw the relevance of having such a property to the curricular program of ZSCMST.  However, knowing how things can turn out, he made the donation conditional:  if no improvement was done to the donated property within 5 years he was going to nullify the donation.

Dr. Milabel D. Nazario, the college president, and the college Board, saw the potential for good of the donation and this became the catalyst for planning the optimal use of the donation. Proposals were made for creating dikes for fishponds and for the construction of structures for classrooms and other instructional activities, running into several millions of pesos. Fortunately, these proposals were all approved. First District Representative Celso Lobregat provided funds from his budget to construct a concreted road from the main highway partly towards the school site; a few more hundred meters of paved road into the college still needs to be built.

The residents of Victoria assumed part of the work of making the Victoria campus a reality: landowners gave the college part of their own property to make the road into the school.

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, in a simple ceremony and program, ZSCMST formally blessed the new facility in Victoria. It was attended by the college administrators and faculty, some student-representatives, barangay officials and a few guests, mainly some members of the family of the late Ricardo Marmoleño, who passed away in June, 2017.

A temporary tarpaulin notice announced that the present facilities would be known as the Ricardo A. Mamoleño Memorial (RAMM) Victoria Campus of the ZSCMST. It was said that a brass plaque would eventually replace the tarpaulin notice.

In the short and simple program, President Nazario narrated how she was delighted by the donation and at the same time challenged by the condition imposed by the donor. Anticipating the end of her second term as ZSCMST president and the  limitation of terms in the college’s statutes, she put as much energy as she could to bring the new campus to what it is today. She acknowledged the support she received from the college Board of Trustees, the administrators and the faculty and officials of the LGU of Zamboanga City.

In her response on behalf of the Marmoleño family, Mrs. Remedios F. Marmoleño said that the donation was simply the donor’s way of paying forward all the blessings he received in his life from God and all those who touched his life.

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