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Feature: On stage

by Recthie B. Tolinero

Cagayan de Oro City (14 January) -- Poverty and early marriage were among the reasons why Merielyn C. Borbon, 30, has not been able to go on stage and earn a degree.

Now that she is already a mother of four, all she dreamed of is for her children to finish their studies and have stable jobs in the near future.

Merielyn presently lives in Northern Poblacion, Purok 6, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental together with her children aged 7, 4, 3 and 5. Her husband is a fisherman and is earning P100 per day. Merielynís first two children are already in grade 1, kindergarten.

Hannah Bea Borbon wears her honors and awards during her graduation in kindergarten. (PIA-10)

Prior to her marriage to her current husband, Merielyn got pregnant from her first partner but they eventually broke up and currently, the child is supported by the manís family. It was in 2004 when she got married and was blessed with three (3) children.

According to Merielyn, her present partner is very kind and has fair treatment towards the children including Hannah Bea, her first child from the other man.

With the encouragement and continuous support of Merielyn and her husband to Hannah Bea, she consistently makes it to the honor roll in her class.

"Ako gyud ginafollow-up ang bata pirmi sa eskwelahan ug ang akong bana pud kay gaipakita nga palangga kaayo niya ang bata pinaagi sa paghatag ug mga premyo kung dagku siya ug grado (I always follow-up her in school and my husband is also showing his love towards the child by giving rewards every time she gets good grades)," Merielyn added.

Having known the skills and gifts of her children, Merielyn was determined to do whatever it takes to send her children to school until they reach college and earn a degree. She usually visits her child at school to check on Hannah's studies and progress. Merielyn always believed that by doing so, she could definitely lead Hannah and the rest of her children to a better life.

"Ang edukasyon sa mga bata ang pirmi una sa lista ug dili man pud makamahay ang tanan namu nga paningkamut kay pirmi mi makasaka sa stage kada closing (The education of the children always comes first and we do not have regrets in doing so since we can always go on stage every closing ceremonies)," the proud mother shared.

Upon knowing that Hannah and the rest of her children became part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implementation, Merielyn became more hopeful that her children will finally have a brighter future.

"Lipay kaayo mi nga naapil mi sa 4Ps kay mas masuportahan na jud ang pag-eskwela sa among mga anak (We are very happy that we were included in 4Ps because we can now fully support the education of our children)," she happily mentioned.

Per month, Merielynís family receives P800 to support the education and health of her children and with the constant support that they are earning from the program, Merielyn earnestly shared that Hannah has been more eager to go to school every day. (DSWD 10) [top]

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