Governor Sakur Tan is being assisted by his wife, Hajja Nurunisah Tan, during the conferment of Doctor of Humanities by officials of the Sulu State College. Also in the photo are Jolo town mayor Hussin Amin; Dr Luningning Umar, of the Commission on Higher Education, and other officials of Sulu State College. (Contributed photo / Sonny Abing III)
SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 28, 2009) – Citing his excellent leadership in public governance and many accomplishments in the province of Sulu, Governor Sakur Tan has been conferred with the degree (honoris causa) of Doctor of Humanities by the Sulu State College.
Tan has become the first governor of Sulu province bestowed with the honorary degree. The Sulu State College bestowed the prestigious honor during its 27th Commencement Exercises recently, according to Sonny Abing III, the Sulu provincial spokesman.
"The Board of Trustees of the Sulu State College approved Board Resolution No. 23-Series of 2009 stipulating Governor Tan’s long accomplishments in public service and his many achievements as a leader and civil servant," Abing said.
Dr Luningning Umar, the chairwoman of the Board of Trustees and also a commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education, led the conferment of the honorary degree on Tan.
Sulu State College President Dr Hamsali Jawali officiated Tan’s oath-taking. Tan was also inducted in the Sulu State College’s Alumni and awarded with plaque of appreciation being the guest speaker in the graduation rites.
Tan thanked the Sulu State College for conferring him the honorary degree and vowed to continue his literacy and education programs and pledged to continue his scholarship projects for many poor, but deserving Muslim students in the province.
Tan is a known philanthropist in the southern Philippines, who has helped not only poor Muslims, but indigent Christian families as well. (Mindanao Examiner)