Thank you, Lauren Kaye

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By Benny Balweg

Snapshot Focus

Friday, April 25, 2014

THE stress we felt in trying to catch up with our scholarship schedules, and making evaluation reports about the profile and performance of BARP and BARP-DIWA scholars/grantees amidst other volunteered functions in BARP, both Foundation and Multi-Purpose Cooperative, were all gone. In fact, much more than that! We felt thoroughly rewarded that at last BARP has produced an honor graduate among its student scholarship grantees: Lauren Kaye de los Reyes, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, University of Baguio. She responded very well to benefits she was receiving was the unanimous remarks of the Scholarship Committee. President/CEO Federico A. Balanag , proponent of the BARP Student Assistantship Program, could only smile in agreement. Her honor was BARP’s honor, our honor. At least that was what I felt together with Dr. Juliet Bagano, Committee Chair, Trustee Menchita Damoslog, co-member. For that, we would like to say to the honoree, “Thank you, thank you!”

You know, Lauren Kaye, as you will come to know, to graduate with honored is fraught with advantages. You are surely one of those of then intellectual President Ferdinand Marcos when he signed the presidential decree making honor college graduates automatic civil service eligible, professional. One who has a civil service, professional, eligibility is empowered to enter government service along his/her line and be entitled to standard term and due compensation, besides the regular preference of recruiters and/or prospective employers give to such quality graduates.

To continue, Lauren, your academic achievement that will be announced on stage today at the joint BFI and BMPC General Assembly at the Burnham Park Athletic Bowl will surely make us forget the dismay that we invariably experience upon receiving negative reports about one or the other or, let’s face it, a number of our processed scholars, either purely BARP or DIWA-BARP, like unexplained failure to enroll, late or no report of discontinuance of study, failing grade(s), manipulation to prolong one’s stay in school, unexplained non-attendance of meetings with notice, failure to report problems met in order to get needed counseling from BARP, etc. Many are content to get passing grades although they may be able to get higher grades with a little more willpower or discipline in the use of time.


You know, Lauren, even we in the assigned Committee who are supposed to refrain from giving in to sentiments cannot help but be overjoyed by the proof your case has shown, namely that, if properly and responsibly used, the contribution that BARP members and supporters chip in from their pockets, mind you oftentimes despite financial hardship, can propel young citizens like you to undreamed of heights and be better prepared for community leadership. For that is the underlying aim of the Scholarship Fund under the BARP Student Assistantship Program. We do not intend to be co-producers of graduates merely looking for job later on, we want to co-produce graduates who will help create jobs for themselves and for their fellowmen, especially their needy countrymen. We expect them to help solve unemployment. Dr. Dar of ICRISAT, a Filipino, has modeled in this endeavor we see that we can do it. We need ambitious young men and women now to show their wares generously; we believe the succeeding young Filipinos can do it and the time is now. There was a time that doubt as to its sustainability in putting the BSAP program in jeopardy but the insistence of BARP President Federico A. Balanag has proved right. It has produced a Lauren Kaye and although her example, will produce more.

To graduate with honors is not reserved for students of extraordinary mental acumen. If you cannot get summa cum laude, get magna cum laude, of not magna, get cum laude. If you still cannot get this last in the mark but you are convinced you had done your very best, that is still honorable. Anyway, in my rounds in hospitals and other institutions, the appreciated workers are not always those with documented high marks when they were in school.

But that should not be the excuse for those who otherwise can really achieve higher but only lacked the proper attitude and due diligence.

It seems I am taking too much of your time, Lauren, so we might as well call it adjourned. Congratulations again. But hey, watch you in graduate school.
As an aside, I understand there is an encouragement “pabaon” of Php10,000.00 for you from BARP attached to the certificate you will receive.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 26, 2014.


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