Feature: Papa's crutches
by Recthie B. Tolinero
Cagayan de Oro City (8 October) -- It was in 2003 when he lost his right leg and his wife.
For six years now, Danny M. Libre, 30, has been working hard as a laborer in a copra business to raise his four children aged 12, 10, 9 and 7.
With the situation at hand, Danny never lost hope and has continuously believed that good fortunes will come someday.
Since his wife left him due to some domestic problems, Danny stood as the mother and father to their children who are now in Grades 6, 4, 3 and 1.
Though he is having a hard time processing copra in a nearby farm because of his disability, Danny makes it a point that he can offer something to his children for their school needs and other necessities.
He lost his right leg when he was shot during those times when he and his wife were having problems.
Danny decided to have his leg cut than experience more complications and infections.
Despite this misfortune, Danny shared that he is still blessed since there are a lot of people in their community who are willing to lend a hand whenever he needs one.
The family now happily resides in Purok 2, Lemoncret, Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte.
The striving father mentioned that after his wife left them, she went to Manila and has not financially supported their children. After several years, she went back to the province bringing along her new family.
Moreover, Danny shared that he has not taught his children to hate their mother. He even allows them to go and spend some time with their mother but the children insist to stay with him.
Determined to give his children a better life and also to fulfill their dreams, Danny tried all the jobs that he can do.
In the midst of all these endeavors, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) knocked on Danny's door.
Because of his meager income and number of children, Danny was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries of the Program.
The 4Ps is the strategy of the government to respond to certain human development goals by providing cash grants to the poorest households that will help them improve their health, nutrition and education. (DSWD-10) [top]