Feature: Paving the way to excellence
by Recthie B. Tolinero
Cagayan de Oro City (8 June) -- Being able to go up on stage and placing medals on their children is one of the greatest dreams of every parent. For many years, Salvie B. Puyod, 35, has been living this dream since her children never fail to make it to the top every commencement exercise.
Salvie has four children aged 16, 14, 13 and 5 and they are currently residing at Barangay Poblacion, Concepcion, Misamis Occidental. Her eldest child has been a consistent first honor student since Grade 1 and the rest of her children are known to be among the top performers of their respective grade levels.
Taking note of these remarkable achievements of her children, Salvie became more motivated to work so that she would be able to send her children to college as she herself, as a high school graduate, has always wanted to earn a degree and settle on a stable job.
Melvin, Salvie's husband, is a motorcycle driver and is earning around P100-150 per day. To augment this meager income, Salvie, who is also working as a barangay treasurer, sells goods in public schools nearby.
According to Salvie, working double time is not exhausting at all since she is inspired by her children who never fail to brighten her day by just showing their exam papers with exemplary scores.
"Wala na'y makatupong pa sa akong kalipay nga makita nga ang among hinaguan gatagaan ug bili sa among mga anak (Nothing can compare to my happiness every time I see that all of our efforts are appreciated and are given due respect by our children)," Salvie emotionally shared.
It was on August 2008 when Salvie learned that they will be aided financially especially with their children's health, nutritional and educational needs as they became one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.
Beaming with joy Salvie said, "Pagkadawat na ko sa P1,400 nga grant gikan sa 4Ps, nalipay kaayo ko ug naka-save mi ginagmay. Ang akong kita gikan sa paninda mao akong gigamit para maghimu ug tindahan (I was very happy when I received P1,400 from 4Ps since we are now able to save some money. The earning I had from selling goods was the one I used to put up a store)."
The 4Ps is one of the struggles of the government to end poverty and hunger by providing conditional cash grants to extremely poor households. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer or CCT in Latin America that is targeted to meet certain human development goals. The beneficiaries in return must comply with the Program's set of conditions which focuses on education and health.
Salvie also mentioned that giving rewards to her children's accomplishments is one of her goals every year but since they do not have enough income to do so, they agreed to buy new clothes only during Christmas day. But since they became beneficiaries of 4Ps, they can now afford to buy clothes twice a year as well as milk, sack of rice and vitamins.
Before sending her children to school, Salvie ensures that their stomachs are full and at the end of the day, she also checks on them especially their assignments.
Paving the way to excellence is definitely a hard task for the parents but rearing children to give value to the family's goals, hard work and little help from the government would surely create a nation with great potentials. (DSWD X) [top]