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Pantawid beneficiary’s son tops naval exam

Joseph Vincent Y. Satura, 21, son of a Pantawid beneficiary, tops the recent naval exam conducted on October 2-4, 2018. He could not believe that he topped in the Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Licensure Examination garnering a rating of 92.20 percent.

He even admitted that on the first day of the exam he had somehow lost the hope to pass it because the questions seemed difficult to him.

The son of DSWD-7 Pantawid partner-beneficiaries Mr. Cresencio and Mrs. Rosalinda Satura, Joseph Vincent Y. Satura in his graduation toga.

Lipay kaayo ko. Wala jud ko nag expect kay ang amoa ra gyud ato sa akong friends nga makapasar lang mi (I didn’t expect to be on top because what we wished with my friends was to only pass the exam),” Joseph Vincent articulated.

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu (UC) and considered himself as among those ordinary students who only wanted to finish his studies and simply pass the licensure exam – expecting nothing more.

He expressed total gratitude to God and to his family for their prayers and encouragement all throughout his journey towards this feat. And his parents could not be any prouder for the pride that their son has brought to their family.

I hope nga magpabilin siya nga humble bisan paman unsa na iyang mga nakab-ot karon ug unsa pa iyang mga makab-ot (I hope he remains humble even with the accomplishments he already got and with those that he is yet to achieve.),” wished his mother, Rosalinda.

Joseph Vincent vividly relates the life they have. “Living in a communal house in Labangon, Cebu City with my family and other relatives and being the eldest of four siblings, I have dreamt of building our own house and experience what it feels to be able to provide something big for my family. So, I planned on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering believing that it would help me realize my dream house,” he expressed.

His hard work and determination has borne good fruit. He was granted a scholarship from Tsuneishi Foundation (Cebu) Inc. as he qualified and passed all the necessary screenings and examinations required for the scholarship. He was however, somehow, sad as his dream engineering course is not included in the degree programs offered under the scholarship; so, he took the Naval Architecture instead which he eventually fell in love with.

Though he did not get to worry about his tuition fee, budgeting his 50-peso daily allowance for fare, food and other miscellaneous expenses in school was a constant struggle. “I was however, thankful that for a lot of times the cash grants my mother would receive have helped me in my expenses for my projects especially during the time I was doing my thesis,” Joseph recounted.

Despite these financial challenges, it did not hinder him from performing excellently in college. In fact, before he graduated as Cum Laude in his chosen degree last March 2018, he has already championed and placed in different school-based and national competitions, and even represented his school in an international competition.

He championed and placed in different school-based and national competitions such as the 2015 UC Engineering Math Quiz bowl, 2015 and 2016 UC Engineering Subjects and Applied Science (ESAS) Quiz bowl, Stellar Composite Design Competition and the 2nd Alliance of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Students of the Philippines (ANAMESP): Math Quiz bowl and Naval Architecture Quiz bowl. Not only that, he also represented UC in the Worldwide Safety Ferry Association Design Competition in Thailand on April 2017. All these he made with all the backing coming from his family.

Grabe gyud ka supportive akong pamilya mao nga naningkamot jud ko (My family is very supportive. That’s why I strived),” said Joseph.

His mother, Rosalinda, 46, has also been all-out in providing every support that he needed-financial, emotional and moral. His family has been a good support system for him in his journey towards all the milestones he had. Rosalinda know how important it is for her children to have a good support system as they grow. She has been grateful for the takeaways from the Pantawid Pamilya’s Family Development Sessions (FDS) that she gets to apply in responsibly parenting her children.

Dako gyud og natabang ang FDS (Family Development Sessions) sa pagduma nako sa akong pamilya. Ang mga nakat-onan nako sa session ako gyud nang e-apply pirme ngadto sa akong mga anak, sa akong pamilya ug sa uban pud nga tawo sa community since BHW (Barangay Health Worker) man ko (FDS has helped me a lot in managing my family. Everything that I’ve learned in the sessions I always apply to my parenting towards my children, my family and as well as to other people in the community since I am a BHW.),” Rosalina expressed.

Currently, Joseph Vincent is a part-time faculty and is teaching subjects under Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu, Main Campus. He is planning to pursue his chosen profession by working in a shipbuilding company that granted him the scholarship after the school year 2017-2018.

When asked what tips he can give to those students like him, aspiring to be successful in their studies, he said “Always give your best in whatever you do, be it big or small. You have bigger chances of fulfilling your aspirations in life if you work hard for it, and of course never forget to pray and believe in God that he gives whatever your heart desires.”

Joseph is looking forward to designing their dream house very soon, helping his parents in sending his two other siblings who are also in college, taking up Civil Engineering and be able to fully give back to his family for their love and support in as much as he can.

This story of triumph is just one of the many accounts of transformation of the lives of DSWD beneficiaries who have been successful in improving their lives through full determination and support from the Department. ###

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