By PERCY A. OSTONAL
JPNHS Batch "66
EARNING a college education is the culmination of hard works towards attaining professional and financial satisfaction.
Thus, said retired police colonel Joel Torregoza to the graduating class of the Jose Panganiban National High Schoolon on March 29, 2012.
Torregoza told the graduates that "anything is possible" regardless of anybody's status in life.
He stressed the need to re-evaluate and re-adjust individual's determination, perseverance and priorities to attain their goals.
Torregoza said “earning college education or higher studies is the culmination of hard works towards attaining professional and financial satisfaction.
He told everyone how he related his education, training and experience: What you have contributed and given to your family, country, people and gratitude accorded to your parents reflected countless blessings from the Almighty.
“I was not bitter about stopping four years of early schooling because our parents could not send us all at the same time to school ... at a young age, we were trained to keep up within our means," Torregoza said in Filipino.
In his final remarks, Torregoza stressed that "never have a change of heart or level of dedication to get the most from education.
“It is your future at stake, so never put a brake to your quest of hitting your dreams”.
(Col Joel Torregoza (Ret) belongs to JPHS Batch ’66 and was the student council president (1965-66) and served as president of the JPNHS Alumni Association in 1997. His career as policeman included the following: Police Superintendent, PNP, 1997; Provincial Director, Camarines Norte Provincial Command; and former chief, Drug Rehabilitation Division, PNP Narcotics Group. He finished police inspector course in Wakefield, England and obtained a degree in AB Political Science, Lyceum of the Philippines. He earned graduate and postgraduate degrees in the Philippines and overseas. He has a doctorate in Criminology from the Philippine College of Criminology and a doctorate in Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines [PUP].)