Celso exhorts Ferndale grads to follow 5Cs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:01

Mayor Celso Lobregat Tuesday encouraged the 51 graduates of the Ferndale International School (FIS) to follow the 5Cs, his formula in facing realities in life and his guide to leadership.

“As the city’s chief executive, I am guided by the 5Cs—this is what steers our governance and I believe this can best be your guide as well, as you face the future”, the mayor told the graduates in his commencement speech during Ferndale’s  17th graduation ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

The first C is conscience which is knowing what is good and evil, good and bad and right and wrong. The next 2Cs are commitment and consistency, which is wanting to do the right thing, doing what is right not some of the time, but all the time.

The next C is competence, he said stressing “it is not enough for us to know what is right, we must also know how to do it right. This means not only surrounding ourselves with competent people but learning new skills as well when necessary”.

He added: “The last C is courage, it is nice to do things that are right and popular at the same time but there will come a time that as a leader you will have to choose between what is right and popular and you will have to muster enough courage sometimes to swim against the tide.”

The mayor in his speech likewise delved on the graduation theme “Multiple Intelligent Achievers Today: Going Beyond Borders”, which he said articulates the school’s steadfast vocation of helping children make a positive impact on a changing world.

Using the theory of multiple intelligences of Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, Ferndale International School goes the extra mile to teach young Zamboangueños reach their full potentials, the mayor emphasized

The application of Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligences in education is more established in Western countries particularly the United States, he said but expressed elation that two such schools in the city integrate this theory.

“Ferndale International School and its early childhood education counterpart Hansel and Gretel have proven the efficacy of the concept in developing multiple intelligent achievers”, he said, as he commended the management, teaching and non-teaching staff of Ferndale International School for their efforts especially the school’s founder and School Director Dr. Anicia Alvarez whose capable leadership and management, he said, steered the school to greatness.

The mayor at the same time elaborated on the city government’s unwavering support and assistance to the education sector, which he said has reached to over P800 million from 2007 to 2011.

“We – your parents, mentors, government officials – only provide you with what you can use to succeed in life. Ultimately, it is your choice whether or not you will actually use them to your advantage, to reach your highest goals”, he added.

Also present during the graduation ceremony was the school principal Christine Gaduyo. — Sheila Covarrubias