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Friday, May 15, 2015

4Ps beneficiary graduates Cum Laude

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – A Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipient has proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success, after she graduated Cum Laude from an education degree at the Josefina H. Cerilles State College-Main Campus in Mati, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.

Lizel Tagologuin, a former college dropout and now a licensed teacher, shared her story to 1,000 4Ps beneficiaries who just finished high school during a mass graduation held recently at the Pagadian City Gym by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

At 18, Tagologuin said, she stopped her studies because she got married and immediately bore a son.

Tagaloguin admitted that she had experienced failure in her life because of her early marriage. “I don’t have the courage to face and mingle with people because of my shortcomings in life. But, I’ll take it as a challenge to continue my studies to have a bright future for my self,” she said. Thus, her early marriage has not prevented her to pursue her dream to earn a diploma.

4Ps recipient

Tagaloguin said she was second year college when she became a recipient of the 4Ps program.

Driven by her ambition to finish a degree, she enrolled in Bachelor of Elementary Education at Josefina State Cerilles College in June 2010.

At first, she had a fear that she could not manage her time because she has a child to attend to. Because of her determination, perseverance and persistence, she was able to finish college with flying colors.

“As a mother and student at the same time, I found it difficult to do all my work because my son was already 3 years old then. I studied in the morning and got home during lunchtime to see my son. Sometimes, I come to school late,” she recalled.

Cum Laude, LET passer

On April 2014, she graduated as Cum Laude in her class. “I did not expect to graduate and receive the award because of my situation. But because of my prayers and determination, I was able to attain my ambition in life. I realized that all of our dreams could come true, if we have courage to pursue them.”

Tagaloguin took and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers.

Grateful to 4Ps

Tagaloguin thanked the government for implementing 4Ps program for it helped her in completing her college degree.

“I am very much thankful to the government through the DSWD for implementing the program because it really helped the poor people,” Tagaloguin declared.

“The government’s 4Ps program really helped in funding my studies in college. I used the money that I received to fund my schooling because my husband is jobless,” she added.

“Without the program, I could have not finished my studies in college. I could not be, what I am today,” Tagaloguin concluded.

Role model

Meanwhile, 4Ps regional program coordinator Ma. Socorro Macaso said Tagaloguin is a good role model, to be emulated by the young generation.

Macaso was also very impressed with Tagaloguin’s performance as 4Ps recipient.

Student, wife, mother

“As a student, wife, mother, and daughter she never failed to attend family development sessions and she was a top student in her class,” Macaso added.

Tagaloguin is presently working for the Department of Education as a locally paid teacher at the Zamboanga del Sur Sports Academy, Dao, Pagadian City