Solo parent benefits from 4Ps, looks forward to earning college degree

May 10, 2016 5:22 am 

By Leilanie G. Adriano

SAN FERNANDO, La Union, May 5 (PNA) — The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office I (DSWD-FO1) have helped a solo parent for six years — Marissa Madanay from Pao Norte, City of San Fernando, La Union.

After Madanay’s husband left her in 2010, she found a partner in life in raising her two children.

Madanay’s children became 4Ps beneficiaries in 2011 while she became a Pantawid Parent Leader helping City Link Ylona Marie Fabia in reaching the houses of her fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

When the department needed a utility worker in 2014, she was recommended by City Link Fabia to SLP’s Project Development Officer (PDO) Harlene May Flora, who then referred Madanay to FRC General Services Agency, the outsourced company of DSWD-FO1 in hiring utility workers.

Madanay presently serves as a utility worker of the department, earning at least Php253.00 a day. On the same year, she was also given a seed capital fund from SLP worth Php10,000.00 as a loan for her to start a small business for additional income.

Since Madanay is busy working at the DSWD, she let her sister manage her business of buying and selling frozen foods. Every month, her sister remits Php500.00 as her share from the proceeds of her small business.

Looking back, Madanay narrated the status of their life before having DSWD-FO1 as her partner in life. “Our life is better now since I no longer borrow from our neighbors’ grocery business. If in case I have to borrow, I already have an income to pay off my debts. Unlike before when it took a lot of months before I could pay my debts. But now, when I need to borrow, I can already pay it back on the date that I promised. Now, I can also provide additional allowance for my children,” Madanay said in the local dialect.

Moreover, since Madanay has been longing to go back to school to finish her college degree, she was also given an opportunity to study every Saturday with the help of the Crisis Intervention Unit of DSWD through its educational assistance service.

Madanay already finished two years in college, taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. A few more years to go and her dream of finishing a degree would become a reality. She would like to inspire everyone experiencing hardships in life just like her.

“Don’t give up if you are experiencing hardships in life right now because we can get support from the government and the support that we are getting from the government must be used for the benefit of our family,” she said in encouraging others.(PNA)



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