From Sun.Star Davao:
"WHEN you have a dream it's never too late," said North Cotabato Governor Emmanuel Piñol to the graduates of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan Tuesday.
The governor was one of the 921 graduates earning a bachelor's degree in developmental communication through the university's expanded tertiary education equivalency and accreditation program.
Asked of his sentiment on his graduation day, Piñol said, he feels fulfilled because he finally realized his dream of graduating in college 36 years after his high school graduation.
This is the first time in the history of the university that an incumbent governor graduated from college.
Having hurdled that, Piñol now intends to pursue a masteral on rural development and later a law degree.
"We would like to give the people of Cotabato the opportunity to go to school. My return to college is my way of telling the people of Cotabato that education is a treasure that can never be taken away from you. It is something that you should strive for and work hard for," Piñol said.
The governor dropped out of college in 1975 when he started working for a newspaper in Davao City.
Piñol said he had long wanted to go back to school for some time now but his work and duties prevented him from doing so.
Luckily, he said, the education program had given him that opportunity.
Piñol encouraged all other undergraduate politicians to finish their college degree through the same program.
This some fine news. Instead of people destroying each other politically, here's one still trying to better himself.
This is a more productive attitude than what is prevalent now.
Governor Piñol, I salute you! May your tribe increase.