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Government Internship Program- a step to tertiary education of Pantawid beneficiaries says DSWD-NCR

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) has prioritized the inclusion of 38 college students who belong to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the Government Internship Program (GIP) for 2015.
A total of 50 interns were included under the GIP of DSWD-NCR among them where 10 walk-in applicants and two (2) former residents at the Department’s residential care facilities Marillac Hills and Jose Fabella Center.
DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan stated, “The Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were prioritized to be included in the GIP of the Department in order to help them save for their tertiary education for academic year 2015-2016. Thus, this will enable them to move one step towards finishing their college studies.
Rima Jane P. Cajontoy, 18 years old and incoming 4th year student in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the City University of Pasay (CUP) whose family belongs to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries is one of the GIP interns.
Her father Rodrigo, 41 years old is a former taho and soya vendor in the morning, traffic enforcer after vending and a sidecar driver at night in order to provide the needs of his family.
Rima enthused, “I am grateful to the Lord that I am included in the GIP. I badly need this. . ., just last month, my father was diagnosed with heart and lung ailment. My older brother, a security guard is now the sole breadwinner of the family.”
She explained that she just availed of the 50% discount in her tuition fee at CUP wherein her salary will be used for its payment, other fees and school expenses.
GIP is among the eight (8) components of the President’s Youth Work Program (PWYP) under the Kabataan 2000 which aims to provide opportunities to in-school and out-of-school youth in productively spending their summer vacation through their involvement in public service.
Aside from the learnings that they shall acquire from such exposure to different government offices, they will also earn P300 per day for 22 working days.
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the Philippine government being implemented by DSWD which invests in health and education of children aged 0-18 through the provision of cash grants based on the compliance of partner-beneficiaries to its conditionalities. The Pantawid Pamilya program aims to break the chain of inter-generation of poverty.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.