“Success in life comes when you refuse to give up. With goals so strong, that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation” – Anonymous

Since its outbreak last December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced unprecedented circumstances worldwide. Among the sectors greatly affected is our education system.

Nationwide lockdowns induced an abrupt shift of classes from face-to-face to digital or remote learning. Undoubtedly, this led to a decline not only in one’s household finances but also in student morale and motivation.

However, amidst these challenges and struggles, two young individuals rose above the occasion and graduated from college with the aid of DOLE Caraga’s Workers Organization and Development Program (WODP). 

Jevielyn P. Andit, 23-years-old, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Major in English at Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc., Cabadbaran City, dependant of Mr. Alberto T. Andit, a bona fide member of Cagdianao Mining Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU in the Province of Dinagat Island. She was among those grateful for WODP’s scholarship grant.

“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil isa ako sa nakuha para maging WODP Scholar. Sana marami pang matulungan ang WODP na mga estudyanteng kagaya ko na walang pambayad ng matrikula at hindi kakayanin ang bayarin sa paaralan. Dahil sa programang ito, nakapagtapos po ako sa aking pag-aaral. PROUD TO BE A WODP SCHOLAR!,” Ms. Andit stated.

Sharing her gratitude is 22-year-old Welly Rebuta, Jr., a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate of Northeastern Mindanao Colleges in Surigao City. He is the son of Mr. Welly Rebuta, another bonafide member of Cagdianao Mining Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU.

The younger Rebuta expressed his appreciation for the program.

“Malaking tulong sa aking pag-aaral ang WODP Scholarship. Dahil sa scholarship na ito natapos ko ang aking kurso. Maraming salamat sa WODP scholarship. Sana maraming pa kaayong matulungan na kagaya ko. PROUD TO BE A WODP SCHOLAR!,” Mr. Rebuta shared.

Through the WODP Scholarship Program, officers, and active members of union/workers’ associations, including their dependents are given educational opportunities for self-development, growth, and being an effective change agent in their organization and in their personal life. They are also provided with financial assistance for attaining or completing Masters’ Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, technical and short-term courses, or review courses for professional examinations.