Tricycle driver son tops mechanical engineering board exams


By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

If one intends to succeed, poverty is not a hindrance.

This is the case of Joseph Ramirez Gredoña, a poor man sons who rely with his fathers income as tricycle driver to finish his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at the Sorsogon State College but topping the recently release mechanical engineering board examination by the Professional Regulation Commission out of 1, 546 examinees. The man of the hour is from Juban town.

Gredoña, together with 18 of his batch mates are now registered mechanical engineers, their aggregate passing quotient of 79% is higher than the national average of 64% proving that local colleges can up the grades far better than established private universities and colleges.

What is so important about this feat was the fact that the second placer, Daniel Espinar Forteza, a fisherman’s son, is a classmates of Gredoña and it was a first in the school glorious history since its inception as a state college, that it took the first and second honors in a nationally competitive board examination aside from the college previous achievements as top performers in other engineering courses.

During their college years, both students suffered from lack of allowance, oftentimes going to the city base college with only few pesos to spare, missing some of the projects and have to scourge the library for the textbooks. Both have the habit of reading and are technically verse on the application of mechanical theories.

But this predicament did not hinder these two bright future of Sorsogon to waiver in their commitment to succeed and see that their families be lifted from their impoverishment. Their toil and appreciation of the sacrifices of their families now bear the real fruit. Honor, glory and bigger career opportunities.

Gredoña rated 92.70% while Forteza aggregated 92.65%.

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  1. So why are the pro-RH bill so sure that being poor is a valid reason for one family to limit the number of children? This family for sure had a strong faith in God because the father passed on faith in God to his children and he continuously bring his family to Jesus Christ.


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