No one could ignore the determination and perseverance of a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) household in Sagay, Camiguin.

The Salan Family showcases the transformative impact of the 4Ps in changing their lives.

The Salan family, headed by Emar L. Salan and his wife, Armstralin Zambas, faced financial hardships but remained steadfast in their commitment to educating their children.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) placed the Salan Family under the 4Ps Set 3A after meeting the criteria for being below the poverty threshold.

Three of the five children—Hiljan Nińo, Sheila May, and Aubrey—qualified for program monitoring.

While Hiljan, Sheila May, and Aubrey received education grants, Emar worked as a welder, earning P400 daily but on-call, while Armstralin worked as a house helper.

Despite the financial constraints, Armstralin and Emar continued to support their children’s education, with Armstralin working as a cook in a private house.

Armstralin confirmed the challenges, including paying tuition fees for their children enrolled in college.

The mother, recognizing the importance of education, instilled this value in her children daily, emphasizing the sacrifices made for their education.

Hiljan Nińo, fueled by a childhood passion to become a teacher, remained determined to complete his studies.

His resilience and commitment, instilled by his parents, guided him through the challenges.

Actively involved in religious activities, Hiljan Niño’s dedication paid off when he graduated Magna Cum Laude in BSED English and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in 2022.

In 2023, Hiljan Niño became a private school teacher at Holy Rosary Academy, Inc., awaiting a call from the Department of Education.

Hiljan Niño supports his parents in providing for their daily needs.

Despite financial limitations, he now assists his father in providing for the family and supports his siblings’ education.

The Salan family’s success story is a testament to their dedication and willingness to help one another.

The family’s improved well-being led to their graduation from the Pantawid program.

Armstralin expressed gratitude for the program, highlighting the cash grants and the valuable lessons learned in Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The Salan family’s journey, from financial challenges to academic triumphs, exemplifies the power of determination and the transformative impact of educational opportunities.

Hiljan Niño’s transition from a welder’s son to an educator is not just a personal achievement but an inspiration for others facing similar adversities.