High Points of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito’s Commencement Address Connect

High Points of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito’s Commencement Address Connect

SEN. JOSEPH VICTOR “JV” EJERCITO. Commencement Speaker at the MSU 54th Commencement Exercises, First Semester, Ay 2018-2019, delivered a well-applauded piece that the 1,199-man strong Batch MARAWAR and a capacity crowd listened to in rapt attention. The graduation rites held last January 23, 2019, at the Dimaporo University Gymnasium, started on time with the early arrival of the Guest of Honor who, in his speech, stated that he almost did not make it to the affair, but adopted that “comes hell or high water” stance because he just could not disappoint Graduating Class 2018.

MSU System Pres. Macaayong introduced the Commencement Speaker as a man “who works without the posturing, grandstanding, theatrics or histrionics, fulminations and vitriol, and rhetorical flourish that we usually associate with his colleagues in Congress. Decibel level or a war of words is not the way to the Truth. He is all rigorous sense of purpose and more decency and dignity in discourse. For example, in the past few months, we heard his voice as Chairman of the Committee on Health and Demography, calling for sobriety and reason in the midst of the Dengvaxia controversy and the panic it sowed.” Decency, dignity, humility, and sobriety are his defining qualities as a person and a

 public servant.

Combining humor and gravitas, Sen. Ejercito effortlessly commanded the full attention of the audience. He praised the bravery and resolution of Batch Mawaraw that saw them through to the finish line. On his way to the venue, some people were trying to catch his attention by calling him “Lodi”. Employing a disclaimer, he declared “I’m not the Lodi”. The term applies more aptly to you, graduates, for courageously bearing it out in those days when there was still a war raging on as you were going to your classes and working on your assignments. That was no mean feat. Your counterparts in Manila did not have to go through such trying times. You are the true survivors and lodi’s.” The graduates being there that moment in time was a marvel. He felt humbled by their fortitude and sheer grit.

He reminded them that the real and greater challenge awaits them in the world outside, an epiphany that will soon dawn on the latter. But taking care not to dampen the excitement of the graduates, the Senator laced his address with storytelling and humorous accounts of his own struggle as a fresh graduate of De La Salle looking for a job. It was, he said, an easy life for him when he was a student because he had his allowance from his parents. After earning his degree, he found himself out there on his own. His first job was that of a sales agent of beauty products. A whole year elapsed with no improvement on his zero-sale record. Such a frustration is common enough among greenhorns seeking a niche position or a career to build. The example drew laughter from the audience.

It was touché for the more serious part of his speech. One major problem that the nation is faced with now, he said, is the shortage of job opportunities. Demand simply exceeds supply. There are not enough jobs for the legion of graduates that universities yearly churn out. It is for this reason he gives his all-out support to the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration, particularly the construction of a railway system that will connect various points of the region and shorten travel time and transporting and delivery.

SEN. JOSEPH VICTOR “JV” EJERCITO. Commencement Speaker at the MSU 54th Commencement Exercises, First Semester, Ay 2018-2019, delivered a well-applauded piece that the 1,199-man strong Batch MARAWAR and a capacity crowd listened to in rapt attention. The graduation rites held last January 23, 2019, at the Dimaporo University Gymnasium, started on time with the early arrival of the Guest of Honor who, in his speech, stated that he almost did not make it to the affair, but adopted that “comes hell or high water” stance because he just could not disappoint Graduating Class 2018.

MSU System Pres. Macaayong introduced the Commencement Speaker as a man “who works without the posturing, grandstanding, theatrics or histrionics, fulminations and vitriol, and rhetorical flourish that we usually associate with his colleagues in Congress. Decibel level or a war of words is not the way to the Truth. He is all rigorous sense of purpose and more decency and dignity in discourse. For example, in the past few months, we heard his voice as Chairman of the Committee on Health and Demography, calling for sobriety and reason in the midst of the Dengvaxia controversy and the panic it sowed.” Decency, dignity, humility, and sobriety are his defining qualities as a person and a public servant.

Combining humor and gravitas, Sen. Ejercito effortlessly commanded the full attention of the audience. He praised the bravery and resolution of Batch Mawaraw that saw them through to the finish line. On his way to the venue, some people were trying to catch his attention by calling him “Lodi”. Employing a disclaimer, he declared “I’m not the Lodi”. The term applies more aptly to you.

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