Thirty-four Capitol employees graduated from their Environmental Management course held at the Dignitaries Hall, Capitol Building on May 5.
The 34 successful graduates were from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) under the leadership of Atty. Chad Estella.
“I am expecting more from you and a better PENRO office in the coming days and years. I am thankful for your sacrifices in completing this course. Our goal is to perform in unity as excellent and competent public servants,” Estella said in his speech.
The certificate course is part of the Cebu Provincial Government’s undertakings to provide ways and means for the employees’ career enhancement.
Aside from the six-point agenda, Governor Hilario Davide III emphasized the delivery of trainings and seminars to produce trained and competent Capitol staff.
This time, it is more than just providing trainings and seminars as the Cebu Provincial Government tapped the University of Cebu to arranged certificate courses to benefit the Capitol personnel.
Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino said that the governor also initiated the delivery of programs for the Capitol staff.
“We may be here today and gone tomorrow but you will stay. Behind us are people like you, and it is important for us to see to it that your careers are advancing because it can direct your service,” Tolentino said, addressing the Capitol staff.
This batch of employees started their classess on October 20 and finished on March 9 with 150 hours. The class lasted for about three hours every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after their working hours.
A graduate shared that the program brought new knowledge about their field.
“Nagpasalamat ko kay nakahuna-huna ang probinsya og programa nga ang direktang maka-benipesyo kay ang mga empleyado. Hina-ut nga aduna pa’y mga umaabot nga sama aning mga programa (I am grateful that the administration thought of offering programs that can directly benefit the employees. I hope that there will be more similar programs in the future),” Teofilo Duran, PENRO community development assistant who has been working with the Cebu Provincial Government for 27 years.
Dr. Ulysses Aparece, vice chancellor for Academics-General Education, Dr. Baldomero Estenzo, executive vice chancellor, and Hazel Ypil, marketing communications coordinator were the representatives from the University of Cebu during the ceremony.