Sara: Education a way to get out of poverty

March 6, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 226 views

LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte underscored the importance of education as a way to get out of poverty during a visit with a family in an urban poor community in Barangay 105 on Saturday.

Ronald Abriol and his wife Analyn hosted the unexpected visitor as Sara dropped by in an urban poor relocation compound here.

The Abriols have been garbage keepers for almost 20 years, and have been sustaining the family’s basic needs with their meager income.

The couple has eight children, including a set of triplets.

Analyn shared her struggles to Sara, hoping that the vice presidential aspirant would help them resolve their problem.

She said they earn an average of P85 to P150 daily.

“Dati kumakain kami ng lugaw. Ngayon kanin na. Kalahating kilo o three-fourths nagkakasya na rin sa amin,” Analyn said.

“Kung may binibigay ang suki namin na medyo magagandang gamit, binibenta namin para dagdag namin sa pagkain namin,” she added.

Analyn also said she wants face-to-face classes to resume as it is difficult for them to provide gadgets and internet access for online classes to her six children.

“Nahihirapan kami magturo sa mga anak namin. Walang signal,” she said.

Despite the situation, the Abriols still hope their children will finish their studies as a way out of poverty.

Analyn wished that the government would help them and other Filipinos experiencing the same challenges.

“Magkaroon sana ng trabaho na maayos, hindi panghambambuhay pamamasura lang para mapagtapos namin ang mga anak namin,” Analyn said.

Duterte, who advocates education as a way to get good employment and better quality of life, encouraged the Abriols to make the education of their children a priority.

“Siguraduhin natin ma’am na kung dito ninyo pinili na magtrabaho at tumira, mapagtapos natin yung mga bata para kung ano yung paghihirap natin, hindi nila maranasan,” Duterte said.