ZCSPC Dr. Nora Ponce – Philippine Navy Reserve Officer PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2014 09:51

“I believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents.” 
Thus said Dr. Nora M. Ponce, president of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC), during the donning ceremony, conferring on her the rank of LCol PN(Marine)(Reserve) at the Tangan Gym, Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City last November 9, 2014. A distinct honor vested on civilian for their leadership worthy of emulation. Out of numerous candidates nationwide for reserve officer in the PN(Marine)(Res) for 2014, she was the only one who rigorous selection process. Hand salute, Mam’!

Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma, AFP, Commander, Naval Forces, Western Mindanao and guest of honor and speaker of the occasion, pinned the rank on Dr. Ponce. Rear Admiral Ceasar C. Taccad, Chief of Naval Staff and Col Hernanie S Sangano PN(M)(GSC), Naval Adjutant, signed her appointment

Dr. Ponce’s appointment to the rank was indeed no accident. It was based, among others, on her effective leadership skills as president of the ZCSPC on her second term. Together with her reliable officials, faculty and staff, she has been moving forward the school where students are becoming great achievers

The honor conferred on her was “very unexpected”, according to Dr. Ponce. She never imagined becoming a reserve officer of the honorable Philippine Navy corps. But she believes that everything happens for a purpose. Hence, she welcomes the pleasant surprise.

Cognizant of the challenges posed by the naval forces motto - “Laang Kawal: Kusang Loob na Paglilingkod Para sa Diyos, Tao at Bayan”, Dr. Ponce said during her acceptance speech, “I am guided by the principle that a good chief and a good leader will ensure that her sailors have the tools needed to perform the tasks they are required to do.”

By Dante Corteza

1 Corinthians 11:11-12 “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.”