Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. addressed the 822 graduates of Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City last March 25, Sunday. Parents of the graduates and administrative officers of WMSU, headed by President Hadja Luningning Umar, also attended the event.
WMSU is known to be the premiere and the only state university in Zamboanga City that houses 22,000 students, regular faculty members of over 600, and over 150 administrative personnel. It also has twelve colleges, three institutes, and two autonomous campuses offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses specializing in education, engineering, nursing, arts and humanities, social work, science, and mathematics.
In his speech, Senator Marcos emphasized that he has a personal affinity with the institution because it was his father, former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who advocated for its creation. It was on June 10, 1978 that then president Marcos signed the Presidential Decree 1427 transforming the former Zamboanga State College into a full-pledged university, thus marking the birth of WMSU.
Senator Marcos also brought to the fore the importance of giving, especially in public service. “I believe public service and citizenship is meaningless without this sense of growing to touch and affect the lives of others,” he stressed.
He also encouraged the graduates to effect change and accomplish great things for the country and to continue their pursuit of knowledge. He urged everyone to keep learning more about what is happening in their field and about everything that takes place in the world around them. “Believe that you have the power to make a difference. Harness that power to bring this country to its proper place in the world—a place of greatness, a place of excellence, a place of care and compassion,” he said.