‘Don’t stop learning’: DSWD tells high school, college graduates

MANILA --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday called on students of poor families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who graduated in senior high school and college to continue their pursuit for excellence in learning to help bring positive change in their lives and for the entire country.

"Maski maka-graduate na kayo, maski wala na kayo sa eskwelahan, ipagpatuloy pa rin po natin ang ating pag-aaral sa isang paraan na makabago at may layuning magpaunlad hindi lamang po ng inyong sarili, hindi lamang po ng inyong pamilya kundi pagpapaunlad, pagbabago ng ating komunidad at ating kabuhayan sa kabuuan.(Even if you already finished your studies, even if you are no longer in schools, keep on learning through innovative ways that will not only improve yourself, for your family but for the community the quality of life in general),"DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco in his message to graduates at the "Araw ng Pagkilala 2018" event in Quezon City.

The "Araw ng Pagkilala 2018" was organized to encourage this year's 200,000 senior high school students and 30,000 college graduates from poor families under 4Ps who were able to finish their studies including those who obtained recognitions with high honors and other awards of excellence.

Leyco said those who had not received awards should also be praised for their efforts .

He also reminded that it is important for the graduates to not just rely on what they learned from the school as they face the real world.

He said that it is important that the graduates should be aware of what they can do to contribute in the economic development of the country and be an instruments to inspire others to improve themselves.

As the country, under the current administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, aims to bring down the poverty incidence rate to the level of 14 percent in 2022, Leyco said that participation of the graduates as the country's workforce is important.

"That will not happen if the people will just wait for assistance from the government and if we will not free our mind, learn, research, do change and improve ourselves, our community and the entire nation," he said.

While the essence of diploma cannot be underestimated as a passport in the next phase of their lives to attain success, he said that it is important that graduate will also apply critical thinking and analysis in crafting solutions that can bring change and better their lives.

Duriong the event, some students also shared their stories and gave tips on how they overcome some of the challenges they had encountered in their quest to finish their studies.

Meanwhile, DSWD Undersecretary Virginia Orogo has endorsed around 200,000 senior high school graduates will go to college to the Commission on Higher Education through the ESGPPA or the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation.

In the past years, via ESGPPA, a 4Ps student who wants to go to college were given subsidy every semester to cover expenses in books, uniforms and allowances in transportation and other miscellaneous fees.

"So that we can be reassured that our Pantawid Families will make it to college," Orogo said.

On the otherhand, Orogo said that college graduates will be endorsed to the Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to ensure that they will be given priority in finding employment.

"If a college graduate decided to have a business, then we can assist them in DSWD's Sustainable Livelihood Program," she said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency