Dr. Lobregat salutes Dr. Ho, vows dorm project for WMSU PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:28

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who now holds an honorary degree of doctor of humanities, minced no words yesterday in declaring his and that of the city government’s all-out support for Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho as president of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) even as he announced that his upcoming project for the University will be a students’ dormitory.

“With its genuine and sturdy commitment to education, the city government will be your staunch ally in your quest for excellence and quest for a better future,” Dr. Lobregat declared during the investiture of Dr. Ho as WMSU’s 5th president at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.

“I still have one year to go as mayor and hopefully within this year the city government can come up with something concrete that will inspire and motivate our students and the entire WMSU community. We do not make promises. We just deliver,” Lobregat said, adding that a blueprint of a dormitory project is now being prepared by the city engineer and architect.

Lobregat, who is now an alumnus of WMSU after having been conferred the degree of doctor of humanities (honoris causa) and sworn in the University’s alumni association, stressed that Dr. Ho’s installation as 5th president of WMUS added a new chapter to the institution’s rich and colorful history.

“She typifies a woman of competence and substance, befitting of the position to which she is now installed,” the chief executive said of Dr. Ho, stressing that she now joins the ranks of her predecessors—the late Dr. Juanito A. Bruno, the late Dr. Bernabela L. Ko, Dr. Erdulfo B. Fernando, Dr. Eldigario Gonzalez and Dr. Grace J. Rebollo— “who had stirred the University into a new era of academic excellence as a potent instrument of peace and development in this part of the country.”

According the Lobregat, Dr. Ho’s journey to the WMSU presidency may have been marred by untoward circumstances that resulted in a hiatus of leadership and seeming division among the stakeholders of this University.

“But the final outcome was rewarding not only for her (ho) but also for the entire University family. All is well that ends well, so to speak and the rest is history. Now is the time to move on and mend everything back to normal with vigor and full of hope,” he pointed out.

“This investiture ceremony heralds the beginning of yet a new journey towards moving WMSU to greater heights of distinction and feat in all fields of education that are globally competitive,” Lobregat further said.

He forewarned that Ho’s tasks as president of an institution of higher learning are daunting and very challenging, “but in God’s time nothing is beyond reach”. He called on the entire WMSU community to give Dr. Ho their unconditional support and cooperation, saying she is not a superwoman that she can do everything all by herself in a flick of her fingers.

“Like any other leader, she needs more than ever the unconditional support and cooperation of all stakeholders of this University,” he said.

“Know that WMSU at 108 is the pride of Zamboanga City’s cultural heritage and a center of excellence. For this and more reasons, the city government will be your staunch ally,” he reiterated.

Also present at the investiture rites were Congressman Juan Eduardo Angara, a member of the WMSU Board of Regents in his capacity as chair of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, Commissioner Nona S. Ricafort, chair-designate of the WMS-BOR, presidents of other state colleges and universities, Dr. Ho’s family and friends. — Vic Larato