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Remembering the Experience, Unearthing the Lessons

To learn something new is a timeless pleasure, a valuable treasure. Not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you realize you have taught yourself. (C. JoyBell C.)

47 SPES beneficiaries arrived early at the WODP Training Center, DOLE-Batangas Provincial Office—an initial sign of curiosity and anticipation of the day ahead. When asked what they expect from the session, participants just smiled and shrugged. Little did they know that the SPES experience they had will be "processed" that day, June 25.

By 9:00 am, Dir. Predelma M. Tan officially opened the program and greeted everybody with a smile. "First time ito sa CALABARZON, na yung mga natutunan nyo sa pag-SPES niyo, pag uusapan natin and we will try to draw inputs from your outputs", she said. "Dahil ang totoo, the SPES program is not just about money; it is also about the experience gained, the lessons learned."

With that, one could feel the increased excitement among the participants; the true honor of being part of a pioneer batch, or perhaps, of knowing that young as they are, they could make a difference to a program, a nation.

Well, all that the session sought from the SPES beneficiaries is openness. They were invited to be transparent on their emotions; requested to be specific in their narrations; allowed to laugh and make others laugh; privileged to tell their stories.

And DOLE-BPO was not left hanging. The SPES beneficiaries were generous. They opened up.

"Yung SPES experience po namin, eye-opener and empowering. Dami po namin natutunan tulad ng pakikisama sa nadatnan na naming mga empleyado", said one.

"Para sa amin, malaking pribilehiyo na naging bahagi ng SPES. Yung communication skills po namin, nadevelop. Natuto rin kami na tanggalin ang hiya lalo pa at mahalaga pala na confident po sa pagharap sa iba", another added.

Amidst the regular works they did during the course of SPES—sorting and filing of papers, answering phone calls, assisting clients, receiving and forwarding documents, bringing things to and fro—they would always look up to someone in the entities where they belonged.

According to one of the attendees, "Yung idol ko po sa pinatrabahuhan ko, ang patient po nya at maintindihin sa iba. Inaalam nya po yung sitwasyon muna bago sya magbigay ng opinyon nya."

"Ang sa akin naman po, napakasipag nung empleyado dun. Solo-parent po sya; nagtatrabaho sa araw; nag aaral sa gabi. Maski nakakapagod po yung mga ginagawa nya, bigay todo pa rin sya", another exclaimed.

But not all days were sunny.

"Minsan napapagsabihan rin po dahil mabagal kumilos or mali po intindi sa iniutos. Normal naman po magkamali; mahalaga lang po babawi. At bumawi po ako", one uttered.

"Isang beses po, natapunan ko po nung dala kong meal yung umorder mismo. Buti nalang po di nagalit. Pero pagkatapos nun, mas naging maingat na po ako", another narrated.

When asked if they would recommend the program, the participants all blew a loud yes.

And the rest was warm chills.

Truly, SPES, as a program, reaches not just the pockets; it extends to the arms of the beneficiaries, until it reaches their hearts. After all, there are more experiences to be remembered and more lessons yet to be unearthed.

As one of the participants said, "SPES is SPES-tacular."

Prepared by:

Karl Joseph D. Sanmocte (LEO III)
Mary Grace Lumberio (Sr. LEO)
Arthur Henry Ibon (Sr. LEO)
Lemuel Aguilar (Sr. LEO)

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2018-07-09
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