“Personally seeing ripened fruits of CFCST today is truly an honor for me. Yes, I liken graduates to ripened fruits. Equip enough to share knowhow and contributions for the betterment of the community. Ready enough to spread and plant seeds of change and new hope for a brighter future.”


Those were the words of Regional Director Sammy P. Malawan, CESE of the Department of Science and Technology, Regional Office 12 (DOST XII) at the outset of his address at the 41st Commencement Exercises of the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST), main campus in Doroluman, Arakan on 27 December 2021.


The ceremonies formally recognized graduates, by cluster, for Academic Year 2019-2020.


A total of 148 completed graduate studies (Cluster A) and 114 finished undergraduate degrees (Cluster B ) under the College of Education as well as College of Arts and Sciences.

RD Malawan acknowledged graduates as among the most resilient individuals of the modern era as they have made it in spite of the global health pandemic, not to mention havoc caused by natural and some man-made disasters.


Themed ‘CFCST: Navigating the Now Normal through Innovative and Transformative Development’, College President Dr. Ali K. Dilangalen was quoted in a written message, “… we are crafting more innovative ways to strengthen the quality of our education and properly navigate these conditions so that we may not only thrive, but also sustain our gains and achieve continuing development amid this pandemic”. Supportive of the CFCST endeavors, RD Malawan said that to accept current situation and adapt to necessary changes are no longer enough. He added that there is always a need to continuously work on towards sustainability.


In high spirits, RD Malawan affirmed that through the years, CFCST has been providing our country licensed teachers, agriculturists, social and community development workers as well as competent graduates in various fields.


He made mention of the Internet of Things, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and social media as among the technology trends which the younger generation can maximize use of. However, he prompted them that those are surefire tools to positive change and development, if and only if used appropriately for good with sense of accountability and social conscience.


In the hope of inspiring young adults, he associated his sort of reminders to graduates through the name of the popular korean boy band BTS as acronym for them to easily remember and reflect on as they commence their journey towards their respective goals in life. Takeaway on his message was clear: Attitude is everything- with good attitude comes profound self-discipline.

DOST, then and now, according to RD Malawan stands alongside with the academic community in shaping the future, particularly in developing the most valuable resource-- the human assets.


He took the opportunity to inform graduates that DOST has lots of scholarships for master’s and doctorate degrees in the fields of STEM teaching, engineering and other applied sciences.

Moreover, he urged master’s and doctorate degree holders to complement CFCST to avail of the DOST Science for Change Program (S4CP) and other grants for funding Research and Development (R&D) projects.


RD Malawan also served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker of the Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) 30th Commencement Exercises held face-to-face and virtually last December 15.

A member of both the Board of Regents of SKSU and Board of Trustees of CFCST, RD Malawan as Regent and Trustee has been instrumental in the growth and progress of the said academic institutions in Region XII. ###




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