Andres Bonifacio College

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by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 03 16th, 2011


DA Secretary Alcala to speak on the 65th ABCollege Commencement Exercises

Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture will speak on the 65th Commencement Exercises of Andres Bonifacio College on March 19, 2011 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center. With the theme “Ensuring National Development through Enhanced Capability of Young Professionals” the agriculture stalwart will speak before four hundred thirty-two (432) graduating students of Class 2011.

A civil engineer by profession and a public servant by heart, Secretary Procy, as he is fondly called, is active in socio-civic, environmental, and agricultural programs. He was twice elected as Congressman of the 2nd District of Quezon Province and served from 2004 to 2010. He was instrumental in the passage and implementation of several environmental and agricultural laws such as the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010 (RA 10068), the Mounts Banahaw -San Cristobal Protected Landscape Act (RA 2718), and the Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management Act. He is also one of the strongest proponents of the Climate Change Act and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act. He has advocated Solid Waste Management and Organic Agriculture.  While he was in Congress, Secretary Alcala established the Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura sa Quezon, a trading post in the Quezon Province where agricultural and marine products are traded. Today, it is being patronized by customers and traders from Bicol, Batangas, Laguna, and Metro Manila because of the affordable and quality products. He was officially appointed on July 1, 2010 by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the Secretary of Agriculture, one of the most important positions in the Cabinet.

Before the graduation ceremonies, Secretary Alcala will pay a courtesy call at the City Mayor’s Office wherein he will meet local officials and other important luminaries. A press conference is also scheduled on the following day together with the local media.

Meanwhile, Mary May A. Abellon, a Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science graduating student, leads the Class of 2011. She will graduate as Cum Laude and will deliver her valedictory address during the Commencement Exercises. She will receive the Manny B. Villar Academic Excellence Award and the Philippine Senate Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

Also graduating as Cum Laude and who will also receive the Philippine Senate Gold Medals for Academic Excellence are Patrick D. Mabbagu (Bachelor of Laws), Analou A. Intong (Bachelor of Science in Accountancy), Sherwin T. Lingating (Bachelor of Secondary Education),  Emma S. Gargoles (Bachelor of Elementary Education), Shenna G. Andus (Bachelor of Science in Accountancy), and Melrod John C. Gumalal (Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science).

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