WODP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
February 15, 2017
Name of Scholar: Jeldon B. Malinao
Course: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Year Admitted as Scholar: S.Y. 2013-2014
Year Graduated: 2016
The scholarship grant under the Isabelo Reyes Scholarship was extended to the children of rubber plantation workers at a time when the price of latex was in a slump to help struggling workers and their families. Jeldon B. Malinao a son of a rubber tapper was able to finish his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education last April 2016 through this program.
Jeldon is not unfamiliar to DOLE programs and services. The DOLE had helped him finish his high school education. Prior to his WODP scholarship he was already a beneficiary of DOLE through the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), as a member of the Students at Risk of Dropping Out (SARDO) assisted by DOLE's Guidance Counselors' Network Program. As SARDO, they were later organized for the Youth Entrepreneurship Support Program.
After graduating from high school, Jeldon has to face another hurdle in his life. The meager income of his father could not send him to college. His determination, and perseverance despite his family's financial difficulties helped him overcome this challenge through the help of the DOLE and the management of the rubber plantation cooperative - GARBEMCO.
According to Jeldon, "my WODP Scholarship was an answered prayer for me. I really wanted to pursue a college education but my parents lack the resources to send me to school. The WODP Scholarship grant in 2013 became a blessing and it helped me get a college degree."
His dream to become a teacher was realized as he was able to graduate in his course in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education last April 2016 at Western Mindanao State University-Ipil External Studies Unit. After his graduation he was absorbed by the DOLE as a Job Order Worker wherein he served for 8 months. Currently, he is applying for a job as a teacher here in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.