Feature: The Noblest Job
by Recthie B. Tolinero
Cagayan de Oro City (8 October) -- Establishing a good family does not only entail a strong and capable father who will provide for the members' needs but most of all, it requires a patient mother who can withstand trials and nurture the children with utmost love and care.
This has been the role of Elmie G. Atad, 28, for almost ten years of marriage.
Her family resides in Purok Lapu-Lapu, Daan Campo, Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte.
Elmie has undergone two caesarian operations in giving birth to her children who are now at ages 7 and 2.
Her eldest son is currently in grade 2.
Elmie's husband is a casual worker of Magsaysay Municipal Hall and is only earning P4,000 per month.
According to Elmie, it was very hard for them to pay all the expenses during childbirth that is why they just settled with two children aside from the fact that raising kids is very expensive.
Elmie studied for one year in college where she took up Computer Science. However, only two of her six siblings were able to finish their studies since her father, who was working as a security guard, could no longer finance their education.
Given this situation at hand, Elmie shared that she may not be as well-off as her other siblings but taking note of her efforts in raising her children well, she can say that as a mother, she has done something that anybody could be proud of.
Like any typical mother, Elmie does the household chores and prepares everything for her schooling child and working husband.
She also has a garden where she gets vegetables for consumption. "Mao gyud ni akong trabaho diri sa balay. Abi lang sa uban nga sayon ra buhaton tanan pero wala nila mahuna-huna nga labaw pa ni ang trabaho sa nanay kay maski wala'y sweldo, gasiguruhon namu nga han-ay ang tanan." (These are really the tasks at home. Others would assume that everything we do is easy but they haven't thought that this is more than any other jobs because even if we are not earning from this, we always make sure that everything is in place).
This inevitable role of the mothers encouraged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to make them the recipients of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
The 4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy of the government that provides cash subsidy to the poorest households to improve the health, nutrition and education of children aged 0 to 14.
The monthly cash grants shall be received by the most responsible person in the household, usually the mother, through a Landbank cash card.
Elmie has been receiving P800 per month for the health and education of her children since November 2008. As the budget officer in their house, Elmie expressed that "dili sayon i-badyet ang kwarta nga igu-igo ra gyud pero pag-abot sa 4Ps, nalipay kaayo ko kay maski ginagmay makatigum-tigum na mi." (it is very hard to budget just enough money but when 4Ps came, I became very happy because we can now save some even in small amounts).
She also shared that since she received cash grants from 4Ps, she continuously gives vitamins to her children. "Ampingan gyud ug maayo kining mga bataa kay mahal raba," Elmie humorously added as she pertains to the expenses they paid during childbirth.
Counting all the good outcomes of 4Ps in her family, Elmie said, "Nindut ni nga Programa kay makatuon gyud ang mga mama nga mag-badyet sa kwarta ug kung usahay dugay mahatag ang cash grant, wala mi gareklamo kay sa wala pa'y 4Ps, obligasyon na namung mga ginikanan nga pakan-on ang mga bata." (This Program is brilliant because the mothers will really learn how to budget their money and when the release is delayed sometimes, we did not complain because even before there is no 4Ps, it is our obligation as parents to feed our children).
Elmie's dedication in giving the best for her children only proves that mothers indeed, play the noblest job in the world. (DSWD-10) [top]