ROBERTO (not his real name) is a sophomore at the Jose Panganiban National High School and an honor student.
At his young age, he’s keen on becoming a medical doctor one day.
However, throughout the two years of schooling, he was bogged down by difficulties catching up with school projects.
He’s only a son of a poor family at Baranggay Santa Rosa Norte, in Mambulao, a municipality that is trying to wriggle out of the cocoon of a second class community and to fly someday like a butterfly towards a top earning first-class economy.
His father early on stopped working due to health problems and his only source of income to support him and his two other siblings is thru crafting and selling “walis tambo” (grass broom) in the local market.
A year earlier, Roberto's mother abandoned them and ran away with another man when his father could no longer find steady job to bring enough food to the table and meet the other basic needs of the family, now in disarray with the mother gone.
“Mahirap pong talaga ang dinadaanan ko dito (It's been a tough road that I went through),” he said told with sadness a social worker who was doing a survey of indigent families in the community at that time.
“Dalawang buwan na lang po ay fifteen years old na ako … sana, bukod po sa pagtulong-tulong naming magkakapatid sa aming tatay sa paggawa ng “walis tambo” ay makakuha ako ng trabaho … o di kaya’y magkaroon ako ng pampuhunan para magnegosyo ng pangsarili (within the next two months, I'll turn fifteen … how I wish to have a job of my own or a business to run aside from helping our father make "walis tambo … how I wish someone was providing me a seed money to put up a small business of my own),” Roberto said with such a positive tone.
For him to be considered for Mambulao-LGU livelihood as beneficiary of the Sulong Kabuhayan Kariton project, he should qualify first, for which he won’t due to age reason.
But as an option – he could be trained, and he should qualify very easily considering his enthusiasm to improve his lot in the future.
Which means that today’s difficulties are no barrier to his attaining success tomorrow.
Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz Online News’ initiative in partnering the Mambulao-LGU in a livelihood entrepreneurship to help our poor but deserving brothers and sister shows its ardent commitment in taking charge to give fulfillment to those untold dreams like that of Roberto’s into a reality.
BWBuzz can’t do no less.
Percy A Ostonal