The 7th DLSU Institutional Service Awards was held last September 24 to honor the 214 members of the Lasallian workforce who have served the university for the past 10 to 45 years.
DLSU President Br. Ray Suplido FSC delivered the opening remarks before the awardees who have been in DLSU for the past decade. The sharing of notable events which occured within the said period preceded the awarding. A short video was also created by the recipients of the awards, which was also presented to the audience.
For the members of the Lasallian workforce who served DLSU for 35, 40, and 45 years, they were bestowed the Josefina H. Alburo AFSC Service Awards.
Recognition of awardees
Redante Tengco, a staff member from the Finance and Accounting Office and recipient of a service award, shared that working in DLSU is not only limited to making a living, but also involves serving the other members of the Lasallian community, a lesson he learned over years of service.
“Noong una, ang tingin ko sa aking trabaho dito sa La Salle ay isang gawain lamang para may madalang pagkain sa hapag-kainan, subalit ng ako’y makapag-asawa at magka-anak at nandito pa rin ako sa La Salle, nasabi ko sa sarili ko, ito na marahil ang misyon ko sa buhay: ang maglingkod sa pamantasang De La Salle,” Tengco narrated.
(At first, I saw my job here in La Salle merely as a mean of putting food on the table, but when I got married and had kids and I was still working here, I said to myself, “This must be my mission in life: to be of service to De La Salle University.”)
DLSU Chancellor Br. Bernie Oca FSC, who delivered the closing remarks for the event, shared how he valued time, especially on avoiding tardiness. He further added how crucial it is that one uses time in helping others.
“May mga kapwa tayo na nangangailangan ng tulong, mga biktima ng kalamidad at kawalan ng hustisya. Bilang mga Lasalyano, ang dapat nating itugon ay ang paglalaan ng oras at angking kaalaman upang magbigay ginhawa sa ating kapwa,” Oca expressed.
(There are others who are in need of aid, victims of calamities and injustices. As Lasallians, we should focus on giving our time and knowledge in order to help these people.)
Among the notable recipients of the awards this year were Former DLSU Chancellor Dr. Robert Roleda, who has served DLSU for 30 years, while College of Science Dean Glenn Alea, Faculty Association President Dante Leoncini, College of Education Dean Dr. Raymund Sison were recognized for 25 years of service. Vice President for Lasallian Mission Fritzie Ian De Vera was also awarded for 15 years of service.