By MB Online
Poverty is not an excuse for a barangay tanod in Cebu to achieve his dreams as he finished his degree in civil engineering with Latin honors.
Fresh graduate Janryl Tan took civil engineering in University of Cebu and graduated cum laude.
It was not an easy feat for the 23-year-old because he juggled his time as a full-time student by day and a part-time public servant by night in Brgy. Kalubihan.
In a report by GMA News, Janryl said he pursued the said degree because he wanted to build a house for his family.
Currently, a portion of the barangay hall serves as home.
Originally from Brgy. Lourdes, Alubijid, a secluded place in Misamis Oriental, Janryl took his chances in Cebu to pursue his dreams and eventually settled in his job as a tanod.
One of the challenges he had to overcome is the fact that he came from a broken family. Still, he was grateful for his parents, Jerry and Nilda, for the support.
“I’m happy because he finished his studies even if I could only provide a little help for him. Sometimes, he has these needs that I cannot give. He is the one who works hard for it,” an emotional Nilda said in their native dialect.
Meanwhile, Jerry wished for his son to stay humble and pass the board examinations.
According to a report by ABS-CBN, Jerry serves as Lupong Tagamapayapa of Brgy. Kalubihan and drives a habal-habal for sideline.
Janryl had to budget his P6,500 honorarium and his father’s income for school expenses.
He already had job offers but decided to take on the board examinations and get a license first.
Janryl added that good time management and a solid inspiration are the keys to success.