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Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade highlighted love of parents and country and to follow rules and regulations as the finishers’ key to their journey for a financially rewarding career
The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) has graduated its first batch of cadets belonging to its Class of 2018.
The commencement exercises on 23rd May saw 169 senior cadets from various parts of the country who marched up the stage to receive their diplomas in BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering at MAAP Mariveles campus in Bataan.

Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, the graduation ceremonies guest-of-honour, highlighted the love of parents in his message to the graduates. He said he has not encountered anyone who rose to success without having embraced the importance of love to their parents.

Message to graduates
“Kailangan ang pagmamahal sa magulang ay hindi dapat mawala,” (Love of parents should always be there) he said, stressing that “if you wish to be successful, bind the family together because the Filipino culture of success is founded by the parents and bonded by love in the family.”
The secretary told the finishers: “Hindi naman hinihingi na bibili kayo ng mga mamahalin upang ipakita ang pagmamahal, subalit konting gesture lamang na silaý naaalala ninyo. Sa kanila malaking bagay na ito sapagkat hindi na nila kayo makikita araw-araw sa inyong paglalayag.” (They don’t ask you to buy expensive things to show your love, but just a gesture that you really remember them. For them it means a lot as you won’t see each other as frequently when you start sailing away on board.)

Continue to love your parents, Secretary Tugade said. For this, he wittingly requested the midshipmen “to give your first allotment to your parents,” to the laughter and big applause of the crowd.

Secretary Tugade also emphasised the love of country among the cadets. “Love our country. You can have as many girlfriends as you want when you sail away to foreign ports, but there is only one country where you can always go back to. And you will tell the strangers you will meet: How beautiful the Philippines is.”

He also reminded the graduating cadets to follow rules and regulations in their profession. “There is no shortcut to this. You must follow it.” He stressed that if “there is a need to refine, improve or modify – follow it first. These [sets of] rules are the key to your safe journey for you to have a financially rewarding employment.”

The transport secretary told graduates and guests that it was “the best graduation exercise I have attended.” Apart from witnessing the cadets’ performance in martial drills at their best – from formation of troops to pass and review – and a campus tour of the facilities, he led the inauguration of the academy’s newly installed workshop skills laboratory.

“I have also seen many maritime institutions, and I say without reservation or fear that MAAP is the best,” Secretary Tugade added.

Historical Footnote
President Conrado F Oca of AMOSUP, which manages and runs the academy, noted that its Class of 2018 has made an “important historical footnote” as MAAP marks its 20th founding anniversary this year.

“The past two decades of MAAP has been a period of pioneering innovations and continuous growth that is unprecedented in Philippine maritime education. And this batch is the beneficiary of those developments over the last 20 years,” said Dr Oca, who is also the chairman of the academy’s governing board.

Through the years the cadets have become “receptive and responsive to reforms as MAAP kept a steady course, unfazed by challenges, and resolutely committed to reach out to the youth of this generation and offer them the opportunity of a better life,” Dr Oca said.

The academy also conferred diplomas to two candidates in master’s degree in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering, along with post graduate certificates in maritime education and training to 14 candidates during the graduation rites. SF