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Learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is extra challenging for both students and educators. Either modular or online mode of learning, it cannot be denied that these set-ups push the students beyond their usual capacity. Most of them would go the extra mile just to finish their piled-up homework, projects and activities. But how do they manage to keep it all together?

After two years of having synchronous classes, Isabelo Delos Reyes (IDR) scholar John Paul Vigilla ventures on different strategies that he may apply to fully grasp his lessons. As a third year Information Systems student in ACLC-Taytay, Vigilla allots an ample time to watch “how-to” videos in Youtube to gain idea as to where their discussion would might lead to.

“Kapag nagbibigay ‘yung teacher ko ng task, kunyari gagawa kami ng program na ganito, ang ginagawa ko nanonood ako sa Youtube para mabilis akong makaano (makasabay). Kunyari ito ‘yung aanuhin (gagawin) natin, mag-aadvance na ako, manonood na ako sa Youtube,” Vigilla shared.

Aside from watching educational videos, Vigilla also added that jotting down the key points of their discussions on his classes deemed effective for him in recalling his lessons.

Being a hard-worker is never new to John Paul. In fact, Vigilla adopted his parents hardworking nature for he wants to give-back to them. Vigilla believed that all of the sacrifices his parent committed in the past should paid-off.

Looking back, Vigilla could not hold his emotions as he shares his past encounter on his parents’ actions.

“Nakikita ko kasi ‘yung paghihirap nila. Kahit ‘yung walang-wala na sila, basta mayroong maibigay sa amin. Kunwari, kailangan namin ng cellphone, bibilhan kami, mangungutang sila, kung saan-saan lumalapit, maibigay lang ‘yung gusto namin,” Vigilla recalled.

That is why John Paul is more motivated to finish his studies for he aims to help his family.
“Apat kaming magkakapatid. Ako ‘yung pinakapanganay. Kailangan talagang magtapos. Kumbaga… makapaghanap ng magandang trabaho, matulungan ‘yung mga magulang ko. ‘Yun nga ‘yung nagpapalakas sa akin, dapat kayanin ko ito, para sa kanila,” Vigilla added.


Through IDR scholarship grant, Vigilla believed that might possibly attain his dream for his family. Before, his parents would loan money from other people for them to support his studies. But now, they only give him allowance for his daily needs.

Vigilla’s admission to IDR scholarship grant was based on DOLE Department Order No. 203 series of 2019. In this order it was mentioned that: “Officers and members of worker’s organization including their legitimate dependent child” could avail the said scholarship. The Department covers the educational expenses of the grantee including the tuition and miscellaneous fees. They are also entitled to a monthly stipend.

Elias Vigilla, John Paul’s father, is a union officer of Samahang Manggagawa ng Laura’s Food Products Corporation, the legitimate and registered labor organization of Laura’s Food Products Corporation in Angono, Rizal.

Vigilla extends his gratitude to DOLE Rizal Provincial Office as he received his allowance for the current semester.

“Maraming-maraming salamat sa DOLE kasi marami silang natutulungan. Sana tuloy-tuloy pa rin ‘yung programang ito para marami silang matulungan,” Vigilla exclaimed.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez and Workers Organization Development Program Focal Charmaine D. Baisa awarded the checks worth PhP 27,572.00 to Vigilla on February 24, 2022 at the DOLE Rizal Provincial Office.


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