A Brighter Future ahead

2 WODP scholars in DavSur graduates college 

DAVAO Del Sur – After all their hard work, two scholars of Department of Labor and Employment XI-Davao del Sur Field Office Workers Organization Development Program (DOLE- DSFO WODP) have recently graduated college.

“Worry and pressure free,” this is how Jonah Lou R. Labastin, one of the graduates summarize her experience as a college scholar for WODP.

Jonah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Technology at Cor Jesu College.

“When I was informed that I am officially a scholar of WODP, it really made me feel happy and at ease because it is such a big help for me to be able to pursue my studies without worrying too much about school bills,” she said.

“I was not really forced to have grades with flying colors, as long as I didn’t failed from my subjects and as long as I am serious about my studies, the scholarship continues,” Jonah added.

Jonah is currently working at DOLE-DSFO under the Government Internship Program.

Maria Hannah Gaea L. Hagumit, another DOLE-DSFO WODP scholar, also share the same experience with Jonah.

“As I’ve entered my first year I have nothing but the faith that I will have my degree after four years no matter what happen,” Hannah said adding that the scholarship gave her hope.

Hannah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration major in Marketing Management at the University of Mindanao in Digos City.

“Because of this program, I finished my studies on time and it helped me out to be more responsible and persevere in terms of my studies,” she said.

WODP is a DOLE flagship program launched in September 1994 in line with the Department’s mandate to strengthen trade unionism and other workers’ organizations by promoting their capabilities as independent and active partners in national development

It extends coverage of the WODP scholarship grants to legitimate dependents of officers and members of locals/chapters of independent labor federations and independent unions pursuant to Department Order 20-02 on the Supplemental Guideline in Accessing WODP Funds.

Other than tuition fees, WODP scholars are provided with provisions for miscellaneous fees, books and allowances.

“I hope that this program will continue because I can see nothing but only brighter future for the beneficiaries,” Jonah said.

“This scholarship given to me is a blessing in disguise for me to reach my first stepping stone in achieving my dreams and my goals in life,” Hannah said.

Other than Jonah and Hannah, two WODP scholars also graduated from Davao City and there are currently five college scholars enrolled: three from Davao City and two from Davao del Sur.

For this year, DOLE-WODP is targeting nine additional college scholars under the program.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI