MUST Confers Honoris Causa on Former Mayor and Congressman Constantino G. Jaraula

Nov 28, 2011

by Mike Banos

Cagayan de Oro’s only state university has conferred an honorary doctorate on former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor and Congressman Constantino G. Jaraula in recognition of his contribution to the conversion of the then Mindanao Polytechnic State College (MPSC) to the present day Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) and his stellar accomplishments as a public servant and private citizen.

The MUST Board of Regents approved the conferment of the degree of Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) on Jaraula through Resolution No. 09, series of 2011 dated March 18, 2011 and signed by Gilda M. Maquiling, university board secretary designate.




During the conferment rites held April 1, 2011 on the occasion of the MUST’s 74th Commencement Exercises with the theme “University of Science and Technology of the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges”, the honoree, who was also the commencement speaker, stressed: “The human heart and the human mind are not molded by man but by their Creator. Let this reality, let this truism be learned by everyone, and embraced through life. There is no escape from it.”



Jaraula also encouraged the graduates to go out into the world and share what they have learned for the greater good of humanity.



“Because what you learn is not yours alone,” he said. “Do not hide it. Nurture it. Let it grow, let it shine, let it brighten the skies and the hearts and minds of men, that together – humanity will survive.”






In the citation read by Dr. Ruth Guinita-Cabahug, vice president for academic affairs, Jaraula was cited for his 47 years of public service, including stints as city councilor of Cagayan de Oro, provincial board member of Misamis Oriental, congressman for the Lone District of Cagayan de Oro and City Mayor.



Jaraula was voted by his peers as Assistant Majority Floor Leader during the 11th Congress and later as Assistant Minority Floor Leader for the 12th Congress. In recognition of his numerous and illustrious accomplishments, Jaraula was cited by the Makati Graduate School and Congress Magazine as an Outstanding Congressmen during all three years of his term in the Lower House and elevated to the Hall of Fame during his second. He was also ranked by the Philippine Free Press magazine as one of the Five Outstanding Congressmen of the Philippines on June 2002.



In the field of diplomacy, Jaraula was tasked to deliver and defend the Philippines’ position during the Round Table Debate on Globalization during the 53rd United Nations General Assembly, and ably represented the country during the 103rd Interparliamentary Union Conference in Amman, Jordan and the 107th Interparliamentary Union Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.



Jaraula was cited for his advocacy in championing environmental concerns and imperatives including the creation of the Cagayan de Oro River Development Authority (CORDA), three major drainage projects and the city’s “Golden Mile” which would mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming.





He was also recognized for his achievements as a private citizen and member of civil society, including stints as President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Misamis Oriental Chapter, IBP Governor for Eastern Mindanao, and Speaker/Panelist for Human Rights during the 10th World Law Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Deputy Governor of Lions International and District Governor of Rotary International, including active participation in the Knights of Columbus and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).



The citation also listed the former mayor’s published books including “Thinking Along with Tinnex Jaraula”, a 20-yr. compilation of his columns in local newspapers and “Constitutions of the Philippines”, a compilation with commentaries of all the current, proposed and adopted constitutions of the Philippines.




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