Commencement Exercise Message
By Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, proud parents and teachers of the graduating students of the Technical Institute of Iloilo City, it is with great pride that we celebrate today’s momentous occasion which marks the completion of the respective courses of our students. Through their commitment to gain knowledge in their chosen technical fields, the students of this Institute have earned their certificates, attesting to the mastery of their technical vocation.
Today’s commencement exercises mark a new beginning for the young men and women assembled. It also highlights the sacrifices and commitment of your parents, which allowed the graduating students to receive quality technical education from the Institute.
May I also take this opportunity to commend the training partners and stakeholders of the Technical Institute of Iloilo City. The assistance provided by the partners of the Institute is truly invaluable. As like-minded men and women, we are all aware of the challenges of the modern-day labor context of our country. Our workforce has to contend with new realities, such as globalization, changing demands in labor, and advancements in technology. Technical and specialized skill must be honed in order to meet the current standards of industries. Moreover, skills must be matched with demand in order to allow our graduates to have a better chance of getting hired. Traditional education, which focuses on saturated job markets and antiquated courses, must be overhauled in order to grant our students with the necessary knowledge and skills set that will allow them to be competitive in the 21st Century workplace. I am thus thankful to the Technical Institute of Iloilo City and its partners for institutionalizing and promoting technical education as a better alternative for our students.
To the graduating students, be confident that you will succeed in your chosen endeavors. Under the tutelage of the Institute, your skills in your respective fields are definitely above par compared to your undertrained competitors in the job market. The mastery of the highly technical skills which were taught to you by the Institute will definitely serve as an edge in your chosen profession.
Congratulations to Batch 2012 and may you all use your outstanding skills to serve our nation and uplift your lives.