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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Feature: Reconstructing career path

by Recthie B. Tolinero

Cagayan de Oro City (8 October) -- Her parents provided her with everything. She was sent to school like her five siblings but she chose another route in life. Now, she's raising four children and is having a hard time in giving them a better life since she could not find any job.

Cynthia B. Gutierrez, 41, resides at Purok 1, Sitio Kahayag, Panoloon, Sapad, Lanao del Norte together with her husband and children aged 11, 10, 6 and 4. Before she had a family, she went to college but was not able to graduate any degree.

According to Cynthia, she kept on changing her mind onto a particular course that she would take. Until she gave up on her studies and decided to work as a nanny in Manila.

She married and had a family on her own.

Her husband is a laborer in a farm and is only earning at most P100 per day.

"Dili maka-compensate ang iyang pangita sa adlaw-adlaw busa galisud gyud mi," (His earnings could never compensate our daily needs that is why we are having a difficult life)," Cynthia said.

Thinking about how her life turned out, Cynthia was able to say, "Gisayangan ko sa tsansa nga gihatag sa ako sa akong mga ginikanan. Kabalo ko nga ulahi na ang pagbasol busa gapaninguha mi karon sa akong bana nga mamaayo ang kinabuhi sa among mga anak." (I lamented the times where I did not grabbed the chance that my parents gave me. I know that it is now too late for regrets that is why me and my husband are aiming a better life for our children).

Her children are now in Grades 6, 5, 1 and day care. With the increasing demands of their children, Cynthia shared that they have to double their efforts to meet these needs.

This is the reason why Cynthia became very happy upon knowing that she is one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in their municipality.

The 4Ps is an approach of the government to alleviate poverty by providing cash grant to the poorest households for them to meet certain human development goals.

The Program also aims to help the likes of Cynthia who are striving hard to make a brighter future for their children.

"Nalipay ko pagkabalo nga naa'y hinabang gikan sa gobyerno nga magdugang sa among pangita. Dili na kaayo ko gabug-atan karon sa mga palitunon sama sa gatas, vitamins ug mga gamit sa mga bata sa eskwelahan," (I am happy to know that there is an aid from the government that will add up to our income. I am no longer that burdened with our purchases like milk, vitamins and the school items)," Cynthia expressed.

She also added that "ang 4Ps ang nagsilbi nga instrumento para sa amo nga wala nakasubay sa saktong paingnan nga matul-id pa ang kagahapon pinaagi sa among mga anak." (4Ps served as a tool for us, who were not able to keep track on the right path, to restructure the past through our children). (DSWD-10) [top]

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