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DOLE scholar now an IT consultant

Cebu City, Philippines. For Care B. Parba, 21, seeing his father working his fingers to the bone as a factory worker for almost twenty years motivated him to do his best in school. The sight of his father enduring a tiresome work pushed him to stay resilient until such time that he was able to finish his studies.

But finishing his studies was not the end. He said it was only a means for him to do what he had always been dreaming about and that is to share the load of his parents in raising the family.

The eldest of two (2) studied Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) at the University of Cebu-LapuLapu and Mandaue (UC-LM). Going to school, according to him, was a huge step towards fulfilling his dreams. But staying and holding on in the journey became a little challenging especially when everything that’s needed for him to finish his studies back then was costly and beyond their budget.

“My father works as a factory worker in Mandaue City. I’ve seen him working very hard. Still, our budget was very limited. Because everything was getting more expensive by the day, almost always, we’ve had had a very difficult time making both ends meet,” shared the native of Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City.

His mother, he continued, ventured into so many “sideline jobs” just to help the family get by. Given the reality, he added, it would have been extremely difficult for his parents to let him finish his studies and obtain a degree. And it took a big leap of faith for himself to keep going, too.

But when he became a scholar of the Department of Labor and Employment under its Workers’ Organization and Development Program (WODP), he knew then that getting a diploma would not forever stay just a dream.

It was his father’s membership of the Lami Foods, Inc. Employees Union-Ikaw at Buklod ng Manggagawa, the company’s workers’ organization, which entitled him to said scholarship.

Being a scholar since 2016, he said he was able to receive around PHP29,000.00 per semester, which covered the expenses for his books, tuition, and monthly stipend.

“I was very fortunate for being given such opportunity. Not everyone gets to be assisted by government through DOLE so they could finish school. That’s why I made sure to exert best effort to maintain my grades,” said Care, who finally graduated and obtained his diploma on 21 March 2019.

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, WODP is a mechanism used by the Department to help facilitate and strengthen trade unions and other workers’ organizations by way of promoting workers’ empowerment and sound labor-management relations.

Another very important component of the program, she added, is the provision of educational opportunities to officers and members of workers’ organizations including their dependents.

And that’s what happened to Care.

Overjoyed and proud, he shared that he was able to get a job as an IT consultant only 4 days after graduation.

“I officially started my work last March 25 in one of the IT hubs at the Ayala Business Park. I’m very happy because I could now start assisting my father in supporting the family especially in sending my younger brother to school when classes start in June,” he added.

Grateful and enthused, he shared that he now helps pay for the bills in the house – something, which he considers a grand accomplishment for himself simply because he is now capable of giving back to the family and supporting himself.

For 2019, DOLE-7 has nine (9) WODP scholars spread out in Central Visayas and Care is one of the two scholars who graduated and obtained a degree in March this year.

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2019-05-07
SALOME O. SIATON
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