88 graduates from the programs of Bachelor of Public Administration and Certification for Early Childhood Education marched their way toward better careers as the Davao del Norte Learning Institute (DNLI) and Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) conducted their 2nd Commencement Exercises. The ceremony was held at RDR Cultural Gym, Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Mankilam, Tagum City on October 17, 2016.

Sixty-six (66) received Public Administration degrees while 22 others were awarded certificates in Pre-school Education. Davao del Norte Learning Institute was established following the vision of then DavNor Governor Rodolfo del Rosario. He wanted to put development on the hands of the people, shifting focus from an Infrastructure-oriented to a more People-centered governance. Its main platform on Human Development was called P.E.O.P.L.E, prioritizing programs which were related to People Empowerment, Education and Environment, Optimum Health and Social Services, Public-Private Partnership, Link to the World, and Employment and Livelihood.

The administration also acknowledged the important role of the academe. The academe was expected to produce ideas and information that would guide decision-making, as well as to improve policy-making. This resulted to the partnership of the Province of Davao del Norte and Davao del Norte State College in creating a more competitive and productive human resource for the province.
The collaboration was guided by the principle – public administration as a living institution. At the present, DNLI-DNSC graduates are expected to steer the province toward more meaningful leadership and services. Governor Anthony del Rosario plans to strengthen the program further by adding diploma and certificate programs such as Peace and Order Studies for barangay police officers, Community Health for barangay health workers and nutrition scholars, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Community-based Tourism, and Information and Communication Technology.

DNLI-DNSC faculty and staff are doing their best in making education accessible to all. The management came up with scholarship programs for the less-privileged yet willing enrollees. In fact, part of the graduation program was a speech from Joel T. Dahosay, who belongs to the indigenous peoples in Talaingod, expressing words of appreciation and observations about the program. He jokingly talked about the excitement of his tribe on his graduation by saying, “gusto gani mukuyog sa tanan” (Everyone in our community wanted to attend). But embedded in his humor were things that he admitted to be preventing their community from attaining education, like access to roads and financial status. 3
Although he already got his Diploma on Public Administration, he promised to return to Talaingod and serve the local government and his people. (end, CNL)

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