Rewards of labor

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Thursday, May 1, 2014


THERE was this report yesterday about the number of Cebu City’s street children that were the beneficiaries of the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children (CCTFSC) program as first graduates.

The children, all street kids and numbering 313 in all, were granted varied scholarships from elementary to college. The CCTFSC, a non-profit group, reported that 160 scholars graduated from the elementary, 94 from high school, and 49 from college.

The city recognized the successful scholars a few weeks ago.

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Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña, founder of the CCTFSC, is said to have filed a motion in the city council recognizing the achievements of the former street children.

One of them, 21-year old Crisanta Marie Jao, was among the 49 who finished their college courses, with 29 of them graduating with honors. Jao was among those who graduated with magna cum laude honors.

Jao, who finished her accountancy course from the University of Cebu in Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) campus, exemplifies the reward of true labor by making something out of the opportunities extended to the young. She showed how determination and real labor could turn something out of nothing in life.

The CCTFSC is a group that gives a most useful help to our people. It is said that the CCTFSC is also funding the scholarship program of another group called Share-a-Child Movement that provides for tuition, uniform, books and other school needs of children enrolled in its program, including even allowances for meals and transportation.

Now, this is something especially noteworthy, for as long the taint of politics does not become deeply involved in its activities as to make the worthwhile activities become overly political.

Our problem is that organizations and their activities usually begin with magnanimity and objectivity, showing non-partisanship. Its leaders and founders indicate nothing but selfless dedication for achieving their chosen goal of helping the poor and the hopeless.

Indeed, these children would have been unable to turn to anyone that could grant them any opportunity to move up from the morass of poverty they have been born into, a fact of life so inescapable.

But somehow, as the many non-government organizations in our social milieu have shown us, they can become a factor of change. This happens so long as the leaders and founders do not get tempted to avail of the opportunities to use the influence they might have on the beneficiaries for their advantage.

If they do so, they sacrifice whatever good they valued to help the others who need the opportunity missing in their life to survive.

It is said that they who have more would be great in the eyes of the Lord if they could sincerely share what they have to those who have less in life without an open heart.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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