On May 7, 2018 during the Araw ng Pagkilala event, several stories of the more than 200,000 Pantawid beneficiaries who graduated from senior high schoool and the more than 30,000 ESGP-PA grantees who succesfully graduated from college this year were featured.
Pantawid Pamilya recognizes this achievement of the beneficiaries for the academic year 2017-18 and continues to support their aspirations to achieve their dreams.
Here are some of the highlights during the event:
Juda Diklay represents the ESGP-PA graduates from MIMAROPA. She is also the first to graduate from college from the Tau't Bato tribe of Palawan.
Rezyl Jumawid graduated cum laude in BS Agriculture major in Entrepreneurship, from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines-Claveria Campus. She also represents the ESGP-PA college graduates from Region X.
Even if he experienced discrimination because of his disability, Joshua Geno Cruz proved that nothing is impossible. He represented the senior high school graduates from Region 3. Someday, he hopes to be an architect and build a home for his family.
Johanna Heart Geanon experienced living inside a cemetary before they became beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) of Pantawid Pamilya. She shared that she used this as motivation to strive harder and finish her studies. She is currently an incoming freshman civil engineering student of the University of Cebu.
The graduates simultaneously read their Panunumpa sa Pangarap as a symbol of their stance to reach their aspirations for their family, community and themselves.
BInibining Pilipinas Grand International 2016 & Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-up Nicole Cordoves and Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray showed their support in recognizing the stories of hope from the Pantawid Pamilya graduates who finished their studies despite the many challenges they needed to hurdle.
Delegates from the 16 regions with Atty. Macario De Villa (Pantawid Pamilya Deputy Program Manager for Operations), Director Ernestina Solloso (Pantawid Pamilya Deputy Program Manager for Support), USec. Virginia Orogo (current DSWD acting secretary), and USec. Emmanuel Leyco.