Congresswoman Sema graces ceremonial turn-over
P37M Iconic Building now ready for academic, research operation
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Bai Sandra Sinsuat A. Sema graced the Turn-Over Ceremony including the cutting of ribbon and unveiling of edifice marker of the prospective three-storey Symbolic Building worth P37 million purposely for academic and research operationat the Mini Park of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC), Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City on Aug. 7 as the chairman of Master of Islamic Education Dr. Abdul M. Lantong led the invocation emphasizing the constant Grace and Blessings of the Creator as evidenced by the completion of the most awaited infrastructure project.
Thru the presence of some CCSPC Board of Trustees (BOT) namely: Hon. FhikeAbdulrahman, Hon. Leopoldo E. Ochia, Hon. Bruce Matabalao including Vice President Abonawas M. Pendaliday, Ph. D. and Vice President Mocamad M. Macasayon, Ph. D. and as witnessed by some of the deans, faculty, staff, students, visitors and the media;the Deputy speaker turned the key of responsibility to the administration of CCSPC under the directorate of President Dammang S. Bantala, Ph. D.
In his acceptance speech, BOT Vice Chairman Dr.Bantala stressed some of the great contributions of the House of Representatives specifically in supporting the infrastructure development of CCSPC.
Moreover, Hon. Sema, the congresswoman of the 1stDistrict of Maguindanao and Cotabato City stressed that the new Multi-Purpose Building contains complete set of arm chairs, blackboards, air–conditioned rooms, sufficient lighting and otherfacilities intended for conducive teaching and learning.
Also she stressed on her speech that the lower portion of the new building will be utilized for research, the middle part isfor conference room, and its peripheral will be used by the Finance Division while the second and third floor of the building will be used as classrooms.
“Part of the building is served for rental purpose. The amount collected shall be used for its maintenance,” she likewise stressed.
Further she disclosed about her plan for an additional P14 Million classroom building to address the growing number of enrolment in view of her support for quality education in the Bangsamoro community.
The deputy speaker said the House of Representatives has been very much supportive in investing programs and projects for the attainment of quality education in the country and in support of UNESCO’s mandate on Education For All (EFA).
“President Duterte has already signed a law on free college tuition in response to the goal concerning universal access to education,” the congresswoman stressed.
Likewise, she encouraged the audience particularly the students to pursue diligently on their studies and serve as blessings to others because for her, she started by being a teacher until she became an asset particularly by serving in the Congress and continue seeking more projects for the benefits of the masses.
“Opportunities are limitless, the only challenge we have is on how we can improve our conditions thru education. Investment ninyoyan (That is your own investment),” she added.
Further the congresswoman who finished Master of National Security Administration (MNSA)stressed that aside from the trend on poverty, the problem is on peace and order and she suggested that one solution is to understand various cultural perspectives.
Seven years ago the congresswoman said she had been sponsoring scholarship grants for poor but deserving students. “In 2010, CCSPC reached 3,344 total student population,” she announced.
Meanwhile, Vice President for Academic Affairs Sema G. Dilna, Ph.D. stressed in his opening remarks on the core values of leadership such as success and integrity.
Likewise the representative of CCSPC faculty and Dean of Graduate College Saidamen P. Bagolong, Ph. D. and the representative fromthe Supreme Student Government (SSG) President Musa A. Aman delivered their message of gratitude for the completion of the said building.
On the other hand, the Salamindanao Dance Troupe rendered a special presentation to break the tediousness of the ceremony.//Joanie T. Haramain, Ed. D.