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Claveria low-income scholar graduates college; thanks DOLE-X WODP

Cagayan de Oro City --- Perseverance made 23-year-old student Jackie Ann S. Sagabal from Claveria town, earned her desired college diploma despite the financial hardships. She thanked Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) for granting her as a scholar-beneficiary under the Workers Organization Development Program’s Isabelo Delos Reyes (WODP-IDR) Scholarship. She graduated recently with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines - Claveria Campus, Misamis Oriental.


DOLE-X Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office Chief Errol A. Natividad said Sagabal’s mother, Gemma Salcedo was a member of Agrotech Workers Association, which made her qualified under the said program.


Despite financial challenges, Sagabal persevered to continue her studies and maintain good grades to finish her degree.


Her journey as a student was never easy especially that she needs to pay the rent of her boarding house and budget her money for school expenses and personal needs. She is grateful that the scholarship helped her financially.


“WODP taught me to persevere and be optimistic in life which I believe will help me as I enter the world of work,” Sagabal said.


“I am very thankful to DOLE-X and to the people behind my scholarship, especially to Ma’am Alice Tinhay, who readily answers my queries regarding the scholarship; and to Chief Natividad, thru the leadership of Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, who opened doors for educational opportunities. I have not made this far without their help by granting me as one of the scholar-beneficiaries. In return, I studied well until I received my desired diploma.” Sagabal said.


As one of DOLE’s mission to protect workers and promote their welfare, WODP is a facilitating mechanism in strengthening trade unions and other workers’ organizations. Also, it provides educational opportunities to officers and members including their dependents for self-development, growth and be an effective change agent in their organization and in their personal life.


End/Alice P. Tinhay with additional reports from Kate C. Halagna/DOLE-X Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office


DOLE-X WODP scholar Jackie Ann S. Sagabal graduates Bachelor of Science in Environment
Engineering in USTP-Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Photo taken during her virtual commencement
exercises this year. (Photo source: DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO)

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