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Pantawid grantee graduates as ‘Cum Laude’

Pantawid Pamilya grantee Crizzamae Manreal finished Cum Laude at Southern Philippines Agri-Business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST).

MALITA, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) –Success belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Pantawid beneficiary Crizzamae Manreal, 20, believes in this.

Finishing the course Bachelor in Secondary Education majoring in Biological Science, Crizzamae Manreal received the highest honors as Cum Laude during the recent 30th commencement exercises of Southern Philippines Agri-Business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST).

“All of these became possible through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which began for us 2012,” Manreal said.

Like any Pantawid beneficiary, she experienced difficulties in life. Her mother tends to their home while her father is a farmer. It never occurred to them that anyone in the family could reach college. Yet the sheer hardship has been her driving force to finish her studies.

“I never expected that I can still pursue my college degree because I know my parents could not afford my tuition fee. But then Students’ Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) came. My yesterday’s dream became a reality big time,” Manreal shared.

Wala gyud nako gisayangan ang oportunidad nga gihatag sa akoa, nagtarong ko ug naningkamot nga i-angat akoang sarili para mas ikalipay sa akoang pamilya (I never wasted the opportunity given me. I did good and worked hard to be better to make my family happy).”

Manreal did excel in her studies and even in extra-curricular activities. Despite her rather hectic schedule, she found time to earn from odd jobs to augment her meager finances.

Meanwhile, Gee Phannie Coscos, of the same degree, also a Pantawid grantee and SGP-PA scholar, finished with flying colors too as Cum laude.

“We hope this program will help more indigent students to finish a college degree and make their dreams come true as well,” Coscos said.

They are both products of the Pantawid Pamilya Program and are both very grateful and overwhelmed of the benefits and accolades they received.

The two outstanding students are part of 503 Pantawid college graduates recognized during the regional graduation ceremony dubbed Social Investiture for National Achievers of Grants-In-Aid (SINAG) held in Panabo City on Friday.

Manreal and Coscoc hope to get a job soon so that they can help their family and finance the school needs of their siblings.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheaded the SGP-PA in 2012.

With a total of 3139 SGP-PA graduates this year nationwide, Davao Region leads with the highest number of 503 graduates. Of this figure, 68 are from SPAMAST.

A student-grantee receives a maximum of P 60,000.00 scholarship grant per school year or P 30,000.00 per semester. This is broken down to P 20, 000/year Tuition Fee Cost, P 5,000/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials, and P 35,000 (that is, P 3,500/month x 10 months) stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs. (DSWD)

 

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Life in a medicine

Lola Amy Lancian all set to sell her ‘medicines’.

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – “Medicines are not my daily dose but my daily source of income,” 70 year-old Lola Amy Lancian said.

Lola Amy solely depends on the medicines she sells to survive. Her husband died 26 years ago.

“Even at this age, every day I push myself to work from 1:00 to 8:00 in the morning just to sustain my daily needs.”

Every day is an enormous struggle for Lola Amy. She has to wake up very early to sell generic medicines in a busy market.

“Nagsugod ko og baligya aning mga generic nga tambal sukad namatay akoang bana para mabuhi lang mi sa akoang anak. Sa Bankerohan public market ang akoang adlaw-adlaw nga destinasyon (I started peddling generic medicines since my husband died so that my child and I could survive. My day to day destination is Bankerohan public market),” Lola Amy shared.

When her son died in 2002, Lola Amy was left alone. Old and unaccompanied in her house at SIR, New Matina, she strives to meet her needs. To date, she remains active and productive and refuses to stay put despite her age.

Ginakompra nako akoang tambal sa generic nga botika, kadto lang mga pwede nga tambal. Daghan man pud mamalit kay barato lang man (I purchase basic medicines from a generic drugstore. A lot of people buy because it’s cheap),” Lola Amy said.

Every morning she has P 400.00 in her pocket as rolling capital in her small business.

Lisod kaayo sa akoang katigulang wala koy karamay sa kinabuhi ug sa kalisod. Kinahanglan ko maningkamot para maka-survive ko (It is very hard at my age to be alone, with no one to lean on especially in difficult times. Thus, I need to strive hard to survive),” teary-eyed, Lola Amy conveyed.

Social pension

Dako kaayo og tabang ang pension. Una nako nakuha P 4,500.00, natibo ang tulo ka quarters. Gipuhunan nako sa akoang mga tambal. Pati akoang maintenance sa diabetes mapalit na (Social pension is a great help. Initially, I received P 4,500.00 which covered three quarters. I then invested the amount in my small business. Also my maintenance for diabetes can now be had),” Lola Amy gladly reported.

Lola Amy received her first social pension in early 2015. From her pension, she also buys food and milk.

The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as the ‘Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010’, which provides P 500.00 monthly stipend to poor senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.

Priority beneficiaries are senior citizens 65 years old and above who are frail, sickly and disabled, who do not have regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and who do not receive other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

Davao Region has 82,531 social pension beneficiaries presently. (DSWD)

 

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