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4Ps Beneficiary Thanks Taxpayers for Helping Him and Brothers Go to School

A 4Ps beneficiary thanks taxpayers for helping him and his brothers go to school, speaking about their side of the story as the 4Ps is getting much attention in recent weeks.

There is much controversy surrounding the 4Ps, a program by the Philippine government to help the ‘poorest of the poor’ have some means to send their children to school and, ideally, have a better future.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the middle class calls for a review of the program as there were claims that the 4Ps beneficiaries have already ‘upgraded’ their lifestyle. One even said that the government’s COVID-19 aid of Php8,000 is just enough for 1 week!

4Ps Beneficiary Shares Inspiring Story

Not all 4Ps beneficiaries are bad eggs, of course. This is proven by Jericho Ramos Baguistan and his family, with their parents still trying their best to work so they can support the three children, all boys, even if they are already receiving monetary aid through 4Ps.

4Ps beneficiary thanks taxpayers
Photo credit: Jericho Ramos Baguistan / Facebook

In a post on Facebook, Jericho shared the inspiring story of how their parents never stopped looking for work, doing odd jobs, to send them to school.

Their dad worked as tricycle driver, construction worker, and farmer while their mom is a parent leader for the 4Ps; she’s not paid for the work she’s doing for the 4Ps but she’s doing it as gratitude that the family is part of the program. To earn money, she works as housemaid, market vendor, and also helps their father in the farm.

According to Jericho, unlike what people are saying that the 4Ps moms use the money for hair rebonding, never once did their mother do that. Instead, all the money goes to their education.

They went to a private school but not because they are ‘wasting’ their 4Ps money or due to having a lot of money. They are not rich but are able to go to private schools because of scholarships.

4Ps beneficiary thanks taxpayers
Photo credit: Jericho Ramos Baguistan / Facebook

“Baka sabihin ng ibang mga kakilala, “Eh galing kayong private school ah?”. To tell you, If I and my siblings weren’t able to get scholarships hindi naman kami kayang pag-aralin sa private school ng mga magulang namin, we strived to get high grades.

We were given full scholarsips, kaming tatlong magkakapatid sa buong taon ng High School namin. Bukod sa tulong ng eskuwelahan, lahat in-apply-an namin, scholarship ng congressman, mayor, we worked in SPES, we strived to be a scholar sa University… that’s what our parents taught us, how we should value education.

Ngayon si Kuya ko graduate na, may desenteng trabaho at may propesyunal na lisensya. As for me, I am currently studying at Central Luzon State University, free tuition fee, proud scholar!”

Jericho acknowledges the help of taxpayers for sending them to school.

We owe the tax payers, sa pera ng taong bayan, and to the government who spend a lot of funds para sa mga mahihirap. We are a poor family, sapat para makasurvive sa pang-araw-araw. So wala kaming choice kundi gumawa ng daan para sa oportunidad na makaahon kami sa kahirapan, kasi kung hindi kami ang gagawa, wala kaming aasahan, lalo kaming malulugmok,” he wrote.

4Ps beneficiary thanks taxpayers
Photo credit: Jericho Ramos Baguistan / Facebook

He hopes that his story would inspire others to strive hard to reach for their dreams and especially for 4Ps beneficiaries to use their aid to send the kids to school.

What is Middle Class?

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In the social hierarchy, the middle class is the class of people who have better finances and jobs than the poor or low income class but don’t have enough money to be classified as rich or high income class. In the Philippines, the middle class constitutes of families whose income range from Php19,040 (lower middle-class but not poor) to Php114,240, based on figures from 2017 and PSA data.

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3-Year-Old Kid Wows with Savings of Php77k, Parents Claim They Don’t Spend His Gifts

It is a common joke that parents often ‘keep’ their children’s monetary gifts, but actually spend it for food or something else! But a nearly 3-year-old kid wows with savings of Php77k because his parents claimed that they don’t spend his gifts at all. Wow.

Kid Saves Php77k from Gifts

A lot of ninongs, ninangs, and even family members prefer to give monetary gifts instead of buying something because they have a hard time picking the right gift that the receiver might like. After all, kids (and even adults!) can be so picky when it comes to things they want.

But it is also a common joke (and reality) that parents tell the kids they will ‘keep’ the money but actually spend it for the household needs, such as food or paying for bills.

While that’s a worthwhile way of spending the money, there are also parents who disagree with this arrangement. After all, the giver had given the money for the child/receiver to buy something that he/she wanted.

Photo credit: Jarlo Manalad / Facebook

Jarlo Manalad recently shared how their nearly 3-year-old son has Php77k in savings because they don’t spend any of the monetary gifts that he received. The money came from so many people who love the kid – ninongs, ninangs, relatives, and family friends.

Even if someone gave them something for the child’s birthday or special event, the couple decided to keep the money as the child’s savings. Manalad promised that any money given by anyone in the future will also go to this savings fund.

Aside from this money, the couple also saves Php200 per pay day for the child’s future educational funds. They hope that they could fund the child’s college education with their salaries but might use the money they saved for it.

The post has gone viral, with many people expressing admiration to these parents for the kind of attitude they have for their son’s money.

Building an Educational Fund

It is a big reality that college education can be so expensive. That’s why it is best to start saving for it when your kids are still small.

First, set your tuition fund goals. Create a savings strategy such as setting aside the money for savings before budgeting the rest of your salary. Some would suggest investing the money to grow it but others believe it is best to put it in the bank. Make sure to track your progress to inspire you to continue saving.

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Teacher Goes Viral after Replying to Student Before Going to Her Wedding

We all know that most teachers are dedicated to their jobs and are often spending a lot of overtime work to finish lessons, grades, and various reports. But one teacher recently went viral after replying to a student before going to her wedding! Now, that’s truly dedication…

Teacher Replies to Student Before Her Wedding

It is said that teaching is a noble job because their work does not stop when they go out of the classroom.

More often than not, they still spend lots of hours after school is done because there are still a lot of lessons to prepares, papers and projects to check, assignments and seatworks to be corrected, grades to be made, reports to be submitted, and so much more. Even during weekends, teachers still have a lot of things to do.

Photo credit: Irish Jeanne Bautista / Facebook

Recently, a teacher showed that their work really isn’t done even outside their duties inside the school. Irish Jeanne Bautista wowed netizens after she replied to a student’s message even if she was busy preparing for her wedding.

The student was asking about something related to a submission of a paper; though it was not indicated whether the paper was an assignment, test paper, or project. Apparently, the teacher was able to check this student’s paper but the others were reportedly not there. However, the student was puzzled because the paper was submitted along with the others.

Photo credit: Irish Jeanne Bautista / Facebook

Though she was already busy at the time with wedding preparations, the teacher took time to reply to the student. She was not able to resolve the girl’s query, but the teacher made sure that the student did not feel that she was being ignored.

Wait lang, Larah… Ikakasal lang si Ma’am. Replyan kita later,” the teacher replied, with matching emojis.

What are Emojis?

Emojis are digital icons or images that convey an emotion, idea, profession, logo, animals, expressions, buildings and places, etc.

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Vendor Goes Viral for Bringing Pet Dog on Bike While Selling Peanuts

A vendor recently went viral for bringing his beloved pet dog on a bike while he is selling peanuts.

The dog might be having a difficult time in that makeshift basket and the man is also having a hard time pushing the broken bike, yet they seem to enjoy their life together – and the vendor wants to continue bringing his dog along while roams around the city to sell his peanuts.

Peanut Vendor Brings Pet Dog on Bike

A lot of animal lovers treat their pets as part of the family, not just as dogs or cats in the house. That’s why an elderly vendor in Cebu City brings his pet dog along, even if that meant that the animal is tied on a leash and goes with him on a makeshift basket he placed on his bike.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Netizen Franklin Ramos Mariscal shared photos of the peanut vendor and his dog, narrating how he met them by chance while he was walking along the South Bus Terminal on his way home. At first, Franklin thought that the man was strolling along with his dog, but he would later meet them again after he crossed the street.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

According to the peanut vendor, his pet is a puppy Golden Retriever. He brings the dog along because he enjoys the dog’s company and is clearly an animal lover, Franklin observed. However, pushing that broken bike with the heavy dog made his back ache, the old man added.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Taking pity on the old man, Franklin decided to share his story so that netizens could also help him by buying from him when they happen to see him.

But the story would soon go viral, with netizens from faraway places also offering help. So, Franklin decided to accept donations for the old man so they can send him some groceries. Some netizens also suggested getting the old man a bike with sidecar so the dog will be more comfortable while the old man will be safer riding the bike.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Sidecar for Bikes and Motorcycles

Most bicycles and motorcycles are sold as they are, with just two wheels, but people in places like the Philippines have made modifications to add a sidecar and a third wheel to make these vehicles more serviceable. The sidecar allows the user to bring more goods on the vehicle or even have more passengers.

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