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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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Waiter Builds Dream House, Years After Being Laughed at for Being “Just a Waiter”

A waiter builds his dream house, years after being laughed at for being “just a waiter”. There are still people who tell him to find another job, but they have no idea what he was able to achieve even if he is “just a waiter”!

Waiter Builds Dream House

Different jobs and different positions have different salaries, depending on a lot of factors. But there are jobs that do pay so much more than the others and those that only receive low salaries.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

Waiters, for example, don’t earn much basic salary compared with other people. However, that does not mean that a waiter will always be poor in the eyes of many. It is through hard work, effort, and learning how to manage their finances that waiters have the chance to have a better life and even build their dream house.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

In a post on Facebook, Jhay Suarez Tuyor shares the heartache he experienced as people looked down on him for being “just a waiter”. As he narrates the experiences he had as waiter and the wisdom he learned from this all, he earned everyone’s admiration on the internet.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

Working as waiter since 2012, he shared that being a waiter is a challenging job as he could barely rest or eat properly throughout the 8-hour shift because the focus is always on the customers, even during your break time. He learned to deal with difficult, snotty customers whose clothes are more expensive than their 1-month salary.

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

He apologized for being “just a waiter” but shared photos of his dream house that he was able to build with his hard work as waiter. Every single cent her earned as waiter went to his dream house – and that earned him admiration from everyone.

Kudos, waiter Jhay!

Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook
Photo credit: Jhay Suarez Tuyor / Facebook

How Waiters Earn More

Waiters have jobs in the service industry. Though they might not have a big salary, many earn more through tips given by happy customers. There are even some customers who are lucky enough to get very big tips from extra generous customers.

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Adorable Dog Goes Viral for School Uniform to Join Friend’s Online Class

An adorable dog goes viral for wearing a lovely school uniform to join her friend’s online class. The dog even pretends to study the learning materials around her! What a cutie!

Dog Wears School Uniform

A lot of people treat dogs more like their children or friend rather than just pets or guards around the house. Though there are people, of course, who think that dogs are simply animals to help them out, there are more who think that dogs deserve the best and are actually part of their family.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

At the house Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar and her family in Antipolo City, Rizal, there’s a dog named Camila. They have to put her on a leash when she’s outside the house so she won’t roam around the neighborhood and get lost. But inside the house, they let her run free.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

The family would sometimes dress her up in various clothes and costumes. Recently, they got her a school uniform – and it really was perfect to use as costume for Camila’s back-to-school post! LOL.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Because blended learning has started, the students in the house have to study their printed learning modules from school and attend their online classes. Since Camila had a school uniform, Lizeth thought that it would be cute to take some photos of their dog as she ‘studies’ with the lessons that they got from school.

Looking like she really is studying, Camila made a lot of netizens smile.

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Timing po kase na nakadamit sya ng pang school saka start na rin po ng blended learning. Para kunware mag aaral din po siya… Pampa good vibes lang,” the young student explained.

Lizeth also explained that her sister had sewn the school uniform for Camila. It is cute, isn’t it?

Photo credit: Lizeth Orbigoso Saludar / Facebook

Clothes for Dogs

These days, pet lovers can buy clothes for dogs. Of course, most dogs wouldn’t even need one because their fur will keep them warm but their owners think it is cute to let them wear clothes similar to those used by people.

There are also costumes for dogs, including ones for Halloween, Christmas, weddings, and doing cosplay.

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Flight Attendant Loses Job Amid COVID Crisis, Sells LPG Tanks to Earn Money

A flight attendant who lost her job amid the COVID-19 crisis now sells LPG tanks to earn money. Though she went through tough times when she got laid off at work, she eventually learned to accept her fate and is now encouraging others not to give up!

Flight Attendant Becomes LPG Seller

Maurice Maureen Avila used to work as Lead Cabin Crew for Cebu Pacific Air. She was proud and happy with her job, enjoying her ‘wings’.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Cebu Pacific Air and other airlines were among the ones to suffer the most due to the lack of trips. While there were modifications to their protocols to stop the spread of the virus, most trips were still canceled.

With no revenue and too many workers to pay, many airlines and various businesses had to close down. While there were those that remained in business, they had to retrench a lot of workers. Avila was among those who lost their job. It broke her heart so much and made her feel that she failed in life.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

I am exactly one and half month unemployed. YES. I AM ALREADY UNEMPLOYED. I AM NOT A FLIGHT ATTENDANT ANYMORE. AND I DON’T HAVE THE WINGS ANYMORE…” Avila wrote.

It took me so long to accept and post this in social media. Madaming nagtatanong sakin pero hindi ko nirereplyan. Kase nahihiya ako. Kase feeling ko nagfail ako sa buhay.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

She shares a photo taken back in her days as flight attendant and her current photo of what she does for a living. Instead of a trolley luggage to bring to the plane, she pulls a trolley of an LPG tank. It’s the first business that she and boyfriend Carl Anthony Beniga thought of doing to earn some money amid the crisis.

HINDI DAPAT IKAHIYA NA NATANGGAL KA SA TRABAHO. To others na nawalan din ng trabaho during this Pandemic, don’t lose hope. Narealize ko sa one and half month, na kahit anong gsto natin sa buhay kung hindi naman talaga yun ang plano ni Lord, kukunin at kukunin nya yun sayo,” she shared after making this realization.

Photo credit: Maurice Maureen Avila / Facebook

She continues to hope that she’ll find a job as flight attendant again but while waiting, she’s now content as she grows this business with her boyfriend.

Selling LPG

These days, most homes use an LPG tank for cooking. This makes selling LPG a good business. You can sell LPG in your neighborhood, but make sure to obtain the proper permits and provide proper storage of the tanks for safety.

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