Civil Defense Administrator Inspires Batch 2024 Graduates with Five Keys to Success

Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) held its 79th Commencement Exercises on May 15 (Batch 1), an event marked by the inspiring words of Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ariel F. Nepomuceno. Addressing the graduates, their families, and distinguished guests, USec. Nepomuceno shared personal insights and practical advice aimed at guiding the new graduates as they embark on their professional journeys.

In his heartfelt speech, Nepomuceno recounted a memorable welcome dinner the night before, expressing his gratitude to WMSU for the invitation and the honor of speaking at such a significant event.

Transitioning to his main message, Nepomuceno opted to share five key principles that have guided him throughout his life and career, which he hoped would inspire and aid the graduates. These principles are:

Be Organized: Emphasizing the importance of organization in both personal and professional life, Nepomuceno highlighted how successful individuals often exhibit high levels of organization in their thoughts, schedules, and belongings.

Stay Healthy and Positive: He advised graduates to prioritize their health and maintain a positive outlook, noting that a healthy body and mind are essential for achieving long-term success.

Excel in Your Chosen Field: Nepomuceno encouraged the graduates to strive for excellence in whatever they choose to do, underscoring that true success requires hard work, dedication, and going the extra mile.

Dream Big: He inspired the graduates to dream ambitiously and not be limited by their current circumstances, sharing his journey from humble beginnings to becoming a high-ranking government official.

Love Your Country: Nepomuceno concluded by urging the graduates to manifest their love for the Philippines through their actions, such as paying correct taxes, voting

Nepomuceno’s speech was interspersed with expressions of gratitude towards the university administration, his colleagues in the Office of Civil Defense, and his mentors. He particularly acknowledged the Ret. Gen. Ramon M. Ochotorena, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense-IX, for his selfless service to the nation.

The Civil Defense Administrator’s address was met with warm applause, as he congratulated the graduates and their families, acknowledging the sacrifices and support of parents and guardians. He closed with a hopeful message, expressing confidence in the graduates’ potential to make significant contributions to nation-building and to achieve personal success.

As the graduates of Batch 2024 prepare to step into the next phase of their lives, they carry with them not only their academic achievements but also the wisdom imparted by Undersecretary Nepomuceno and Western Mindanao State University. His practical advice and inspirational words are sure to resonate with them as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. (LMP, PAO)