When the last of their animals had been sold, she thought it’s the end of her dream of a college
Starting 2013, when she enrolled in Laguna State Polytechnic University for a Bachelor’s Degree
in Elementary Education, Maria Lyza Dioquino’s parents would sell a carabao every enrolment
period to pay for her tuition.
Lyza, 19, a resident of Brgy. Masikap in Real town, Quezon Province, never thought she’ll enter
college in the first place. However, her parents have always been persistent about their
“Sa kagustuhan ng mga magulang ko na makatapos ako ng kolehiyo, gumagawa sila ng
paraan. Lagi nilang sinasabi sa aming magkakapatid na dapat naming pahalagahan at isapuso
ang aming pag-aaral,”
recalled Lyza, who has four other siblings.
Her parents’ persistence inspired Lyza to focus on her studies and ensure she’ll get a diploma,
find a good job and help improve her family’s living condition. Through the years, it is only her
father, Edwin, 46, who supports their family of seven through farming and being an on-call
laborer in their far-flung barangay.
“Pero dumating sa punto na kailangan ko nang tumigil sa pag-aaral dahil wala na kaming
Fortunately, Lyza’s dream did not end there.
Creating opportunities for poor families
Lyza’s family has been a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2011.
According to Jennifer, 40, Lyza’s mother, the program has helped with the needs on health and
education of her children. However, it is the opportunity to help Lyza continue her dreams that
make their family even more grateful.
The Pantawid Pamilya program, through the provision of conditional cash grants to poor
children, aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through ensuring that children are
healthy and in school. The DSWD, through the help of various stakeholders including other
national government agencies, civil society organizations and local government units, promote
convergence of efforts to help these family-beneficiaries improve their level of well-being.
To ensure that at least one member of family-beneficiaries finish college and get better jobs in
the future, qualified beneficiaries are provided opportunities for a college education through the