Roselyn Herrera of Tipan, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, considers her family her everything.

A mother of two daughters and a wife, Roselyn defies the belief that women shall remain inside the four corners of the house doing the chores.

For her, complementation between wife and husband shall be the new social construct so that no one shall be left behind in the development.

Roselyn and her husband sell various products on the sidewalk of Oroquieta City Public Market. Their small stall provides the family’s income to sustain their daily needs.

When DSWD placed their family under 4Ps, the couple’s problem in supporting their children’s education ended.

At that time, the Herrera couple focused more on their small business, earning more for their future.

As it is, they managed a motorcab for the husband to earn more for the family.

Thrust for education

Despite the financial challenges at that time, the couple sent their daughter Genalyn to college and enjoyed a full scholarship grant for her tuition and monthly allowance because she was a 4Ps household member.

Genalyn’s hard work paid off when she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree of Bachelor’s in Secondary Education, majoring in General Science. 

Months after her graduation, she passed the Licensed Professional Teacher. 

She works as a Public School Teacher in Tipan Integrated School, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

Genalyn Herrera (center) helps her parents with their daily needs as she is now a public school teacher at Tipan Integrated School, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

While teaching, Genalyn pursued graduate studies in Master of Science Education in General Science for free. Thanks to the scholarship grant from the Department of Science and Technology.

She finished her master’s degree in 2022.

Meanwhile, Herrera’s second daughter graduated from her senior high school formation at Misamis Occidental National High School, Oroquieta City.

“Our lives are full of hardships. But, with complementation and support from the family and our sincere faith in God, everything becomes okay,” said Roselyn.

To her, the 4Ps ended the ‘roller coaster ride’ of their lives.

The Herrera Family is grateful for the program, which helps them improve their lives.