By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY – The son of a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary, Joseph Vincent Satura, 21 topped the recent Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Licensure Exam with a 92.20 percent rating.
Satura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu (UC), and only considered himself as an average student even after he graduated with cum laude honors.
He was even adamant about his changes in the licensure exams and even lost hope that he could pass because he thought the questions were too difficult.
His mother, Rosalinda hopes he remains humble even with the accomplishments he already got and with those that he is yet to achieve.
According to Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7 (DSWD 7) information officer Leah Quintana, Satura acknowledged the role of the 4Ps cash grants in helping him achieve his goals. He said the grant helped in defraying his expenses, particularly when he was finishing his thesis.
Despite these financial challenges, Joseph excelled in various national and even international school-based competitions and graduated as cum laude in his chosen degree last March 2018, Quintana noted.
Joseph Vincent vividly relates the life they have. “Living in a communal house in Labangon, Cebu City with my family and other relatives and being the eldest of four siblings, I have dreamt of building our own house and experience what it feels to be able to provide something big for my family. So, I planned on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering believing that it would help me realize my dream house,” he said.
According to Leah Quintana, the regional information officer Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD-7) Joseph’s hard work and determination has borne good fruit. He was granted a scholarship from Tsuneishi Foundation (Cebu) Inc. as he qualified and passed all the necessary screenings and examinations required for the scholarship.
He was somehow sad that his dream engineering course was not included in the degree programs offered under the scholarship. He took the Naval Architecture instead which he eventually fell in love with.
Quintana added that Joseph acknowledged the role of the Pantawid cash grants that his mother received has helped him in his expenses for his projects especially when he was doing his thesis.
Despite these financial challenges, Joseph excelled in various national and even international school-based competitions and graduated as cum laude in his chosen degree last March 2018,
He championed and placed in different school-based and national competitions such as the
2015 UC Engineering Math Quiz bowl, 2015 and 2016 UC Engineering Subjects and Applied
Science (ESAS) Quiz bowl, Stellar Composite Design Competition and the 2nd Alliance of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Students of the Philippines (ANAMESP): Math Quiz bowl and Naval Architecture Quiz bowl. Not only that, he also represented UC in the Worldwide Safety Ferry Association Design Competition in Thailand on April 2017. All these he made with all the backing coming from his family, Quintana bared.
His mother, Rosalinda knew how important it is for her children to have a good support system.
She has been grateful for the takeaways from the Pantawid Pamilya’s Family Development
Sessions (FDS) that she got to apply in her parenting skills.
Currently, Joseph Vincent is a part-time faculty and is teaching subjects under Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu, Main Campus. He plans to pursue his chosen profession by working in Tsuenishi, a shipbuilding company that granted him the scholarship after the school year 2017-2018.
This story of triumph is just one of the many accounts of transformation of the lives of DSWD beneficiaries who had been successful in improving their lives through full determination and support from the Department, Quintana added.