In gratitude of the empowering leadership of Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) academic and administrative staff marked her fifth year as university president last April 17, 2017 at the WMSU Social Hall.
Headed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, a simple celebration was held to celebrate the five fruitful years that Dr. Milabel Ho dedicated to the university. The ceremony was started with a thanksgiving mass. Several songs were also dedicated to Dr. Ho and an audio-video presentation recollecting the WMSU president’s journey as the mother of the university.
Dr. Ochotorena commended the 5th president of WMSU for the unwavering commitment she is giving to WMSU. “WMSU is what it is now because of what Dr. Ho has envisioned it to be,” said Dr. Ochotorena. “In the next three years that she will still be with us, we look forward for more improvement in the university,” she added.
Dr. Joselito D. Madroñal, Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) gave his felicitations to the president. “Throughout the years, you exemplified dedication and enthusiasm, a brand leadership which has been contagious to all of us. We wish you all the best,” said VPAF Dr. Madroñal.
“The numerous accomplishments you have done for the university within the last 5 years is a legacy of your best leadership. Your passion to work for the university also motivated us to work harder and to aim for excellence,” said Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez, Vice President for Resource Generation and concurrent director of WESMAARRDEC. She also described Dr. Ho not only as a leader, but also a mother to the university. “You have demonstrated how to live with integrity, serve with intensity, give with generosity and succeed with humility,” said Dr. Narvaez.
The Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension Services and External Linkages (RESEL) headed by Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento, also serenaded the president in recognition of her accomplishments. “Each year you have proved your worth and have gained much-deserved recognition. We wish all the success,” Dr. Sarmiento said.
Dr. Milabel E. Ho during the occasion took the opportunity to thank everyone in the event. “I have already found my dream, and this dream is Western Mindanao State University,” said Dr. Ho. “I’m glad that you are with me in this journey. I pray that the same group of people I journeyed from the very beginning would be the same people I will also say goodbye when I get down from the presidency and live my life in retirement,” Dr. Ho said.
The president shared that she is very happy to celebrate her 5th anniversary on the first day of Easter. “All the good things that happened in this university did not happen with only my two hands. It is because we are always together,”Dr. Ho said. “Indeed, in unity there is always strength,” she mentioned.
She also gave her wishes for the university- good health for everyone, prosperity, and God’s protection against all animosities and evil.
Present in the occasion were Dr. Benjamin SA. Miguel- Vice President for Administration and Finance of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST); Dr. Nelson P. Cabral- President of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC); Mr. Robbie Macalde from SEAMEO INNOTECH; Engr. Alvin P. Miguel- WMSU Faculty Union President; and the different head of offices and units in the university. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)