His family is among the poorest of the poor but 21-year-old Raymark Khalid Cabading didn’t let poverty hinder him from fulfilling his dreams of getting a college education – and he even graduated with flying colors!
When Cabading graduated from high school, he worked as street sweeper just like his mother for the two months of summer break because he was unsure whether he could still continue with his studies and graduate from college.
Thanks to the Expanded Student’s Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), Cabading was able to take Agriculture Technology Studies at Sultan Kudarat State University.
The scholarship program is available to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Cabading was among the 34,000 students who benefited from the scholarship.
As he graduated from college as cum laude, Cabading was all praises for his parents. During the graduation rites, he made sure to thank his parents.
“To my Mama and Papa, I love you. I’m here right now in front of you. I am grateful for all of your support and for everything that you have given me,” Cabading said during his speech.
He added, “Finally and most importantly, I would like to state my heartfelt gratitude to God, to Allah, who ruled everything on Earth, for giving me life, strength, courage, wisdom, and everything.”
According to ABS-CBN News, ESGP-PA grants the beneficiary a maximum of Php60,000 per school year, with the money used for tuition fees and other school-related expenses such as books, board and lodging, and uniforms.
Congratulations, Raymark Khalid Cabading!