Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano encouraged students of the Taguig City University (TCU) to “be the best students” they can be, assuring them that the school’s officials as well as the city government will also do their job to make sure they can have the best possible education.
“Dito sa TCU clear ang trabaho ng officials and the city government officials: Do good, prevent evil,” Cayetano said during an orientation program earlier this week before face-to-face classes were to begin.
He said education at TCU is not only free, students are also automatically given P5,000 per semester and another P5,000 under certain circumstances, including maintaining high grades.
Cayetano emphasized that scholarships are available not just to TCU students. “Basta’t gumraduate ka sa Taguig public high school you’ll get a certificate and you’ll get 15 (thousand) to 50 thousand pesos depende sa kurso at sa university,” he said.
The former Speaker said while the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected the city government’s operations, “the good news (is that) wala pa ring utang ang Taguig kahit na isa tayo sa pinakamalaking magbigay ng ayuda.”
“I will not make any promises now but I would like to assure you that your board — y’ung officials niyo sitting in front — continually ask the city officials, and the city officials are continually discussing paano madagdagan ang inyong benefits,” he said.
Cayetano said this means both the board and the city government are continuing to do their job. “Our job is to give you the best, to prevent evil, to do good.”
He added, however, that the students also have to do their part. “Your job is simple: be the best student you can be,” he said.
Cayetano advised the students to balance their studies and their social lives, noting that the two aspects are important for their long-term success.
But he said success is not how the world defines it, which is usually in terms of money, material things, beauty, clothing, or work.
“Let me leave you with this message: find the purpose of God in your life. Kasi pag nahanap mo yan, guaranteed ang happiness,” he said.
Cayetano then urged the students to “find a course you love” and “connect it with what you want to do for the rest of your life.”
The TCU and city government officials, for their part, will do what they can to help them fulfill their dreams.
“We’ve endeavored to upgrade everything in the university so that it becomes not a default but a university of choice, na pinili mo talaga,” he said.