Business leader asks graduates to boost labor force of Luzon
A business leader and constitutionalist called on the new graduates of Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga province to take advantage of Central Luzon’s economic growth.
“Around you as well, in both Clark and Subic Bay Freeport Zones, lie the gateways to the world. So close to AUF, this is where they await you—the best and brightest minds—to take your place as productive members of the growing workforce,” says Jose Leviste Jr., who chairs various companies such as OceanaGold (Philippines Inc.) and Mabalacat Solar Philippines Inc.
Leviste delivered the 2018 commencement address for the College of Allied Medical Professions and Business and Accountancy at AUF in Angeles City on April 26. His company, Mabalacat Solar, built a 22-megawatt solar project in Clark Freeport Zone to provide clean power to residents of Central Luzon.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the interconnected world via our international gateways is now within reach; most literally and figuratively, they are right at your doorsteps. Seize it, and shape your future alongside it,” says Leviste, who represented the 2nd district of Batangas in the Constitutional Convention, after graduating with an MBA degree from Columbia University in New York City.
That started a career of more than 20 years in government, which gave Leviste the opportunity to work with leaders and technocrats at the highest levels. After serving in government, he involved himself in enterprises and industries.
Leviste, who is married to Jenniffer Dayrit of San Fernando, Pampanga, says the commencement ceremony is an excellent opportunity for AUF graduates to start something big for Angeles City, Pampanga, Central Luzon and the Philippines.
“I’m also very proud to be here at Angeles University Foundation today, to see how much the school has grown since its founding by the Angeles family in 1962. At a time when many of our qualified teachers are moving overseas, AUF has the highest percentage of faculty with graduate degrees in the Philippines staying on to continue to offer top-notch education,” he says.
“But more than the expansion and the certifications and honors it has received, Angeles University Foundation is now the premier school in the region because of its graduates – because of you and the countless others, who have come before you and who have made something out of themselves and the education you have received here. You have made Angeles University Foundation, and put it on the map,” says Leviste.
“Although I am no longer as young as you are, I cannot contain my optimism at the potential of this region. The Philippines is building a new government center in New Clark City, next door. It will be our version of Malaysia’s Putrajaya. In this area, which is being built from ground up, government service can be delivered free from the hassles, free from the distractions that you cannot escape from in Manila. And around it, enterprise zones, residential enclaves, and transport systems will arise,” he says.
“This is your new world, and it is being built under the leadership of your fellow Kapampangans...You have wonderful role models from the region to look up to,” says Leviste.