University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 03 July 2017 16:34

UPLB leaders encourage Pahinungod grads to continue public service


Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.; Dr. Emil Q. Javier, past UP president; and Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, past UPLB chancellor, had one message to graduating UPLB volunteers: to keep on serving the Filipino people.

The three delivered their respective well-wishes to more than 40 graduates who served as volunteers of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod during the testimonial program held especially for them on July 22 at the Seniors’ Social Garden.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., who delivered the opening remarks, commended the graduating Pahinungod volunteers for their service to the country and recognized them as one of the University’s most important partners in further and better serving fellow Filipinos.

“We hope that the spirit of volunteerism and public service will remain very much alive in your hearts as you pursue your respective professional and personal paths beyond the University,” Chancellor Sanchez added.

Meanwhile, in his inspirational message, Dr. Villareal began by sharing his life experience, saying that in all his achievements, he found that the most enjoyable was doing volunteer work. He told the graduates that their efforts to build communities, educate young people, and improve public nutrition and health, insignificant as they may seem right now, can go very far. He ended his message with a simple thought: “Don’t delay or neglect any act of kindness to another human being. Isapuso ang paglilingkod nang higit sa sarili (Put others before yourself).”

Dr. Javier, who delivered the closing remarks, said that the main purpose of his brainchild, Pahinungod, is to develop the culture of public service in UP graduates. Pahinungod, Dr. Javier said, is here to instill in the students’ values that will inform their decisions as leaders in the community. “UP graduates must not only be the best and the brightest, but also the most caring, principled Filipinos that the land should produce,” he said.

At the end of the program, the graduates exchanged stories about being Pahinungod volunteers and called upon their fellow graduates to continue public service even as they will leave the University. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)