THE DOST SECRETARY—
Few months ago, I was asked by my director to write an introductory speech about the DOST Secretary. Just what I did when I was asked to write the same about Dr. Biyo, I wrote a poem.
*Words used in the poem are technical because of the secretary’s background—
THE WORLD CLASS PINOY
Our next speaker is a soft spoken person who traces his roots from Tacloban
He claims to be a product of his parents—a simple man and a simple woman
At the age of ten, his family migrated to Manila for important reasons
And there he lived his life including his education.
He is a believer that Filipinos are world class
He firmly upholds that every citizen can contribute to the country a lot
He is an advocate of Science and Technology
He puts his trust that innovations contribute to the betterment of the society
Finishing his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in the University of the Philippines in 1975
His incredible intellectual capacity, it cannot be denied
He emerged as one of the topnotchers in the Mechanical Engineering Board Exam
Two thumbs up and a warm round of applause let us give to this man
In a span of twenty-two years, this guy keeps a list of inventions under his name
Some of them are the transferable steel car parks, robotic car park, and ship-to-shore cranes
Still under his name are the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication)-based water level sensor and rain gauge for flood monitoring and forecasting
The world’s first aero-musical ride, the world’s first motorized zipline are still worth mentioning
The first locally-fabricated equipment for hot steel galvanization is a product of his mind
Equipment for manufacturing of steel poles, gabions, and water-well screens is another thing he designed
The first locally-fabricated drilling equipment with rotary table is one of his inventions
He is really a great man, a pride of our nation
UP College of Engineering has named him one of the 100 outstanding alumni engineers in the century
Outstanding alumni for professional achievement was awarded to him by the UP Tao-Alpha fraternity
Gold Medal Award for creative research by the Filipino Inventor’s Society was given to him in 1989
A real inventor he is—an inspiration to achieve in life
His passion to serve made him decide to accept a post in the government
President Aquino appointed him a secretary of his cabinet
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with pride and honor that I present
Our very own DOST secretary, Engr. Mario G. Montejo a man who was born to invent.
A warm round of applause for him.
* I read this in his (Secretary Montejo) presence when he visited Clark for the MOA signing between Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).