“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams,” - Braulio Dujali
THE 2017 Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child of Davao Region Kenneth A. Bardinas lives by this maxim.
Kenneth, 13, youngest of two, is best described by his parents, Elmer and Marilou, as kind and responsible son. He is currently a Grade 8 pupil at Tagum City National High School in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Kenneth is a consistent honor student since Grade 1. He excels in drawing, spelling, English and Science.
Aside from his school achievements, Kenneth is an active officer and member of various school and community organizations. As a socially-conscious multi-talented child, Kenneth is known in his community.
Kenneth became more popular when he qualified and competed in ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids in 2016. Under the guidance of Coach Bamboo, Kenneth made it up to the Sing Offs Finals.
Elmer and Marilou have always supported their child amidst poverty. Marilou is a housewife while Elmer is a farmer but also delivers and sells bread in nearby villages using his habal-habal (motorcycle), to augment their daily needs.
“When Kenneth joined The Voice Kids, he became more popular. There were several invitations. Some of which were for-a-cause but Kenneth didn’t hesitate to oblige and offer his talent as long as it will not affect his studies. It is his way of paying forward and sharing what God has given him,” Marilou added.
Kenneth is also an active choir member in their church.
Despite his youth, Kenneth knows that education is the stepping stone towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations, hence, he is steadfast in his resolve to finish his studies.
Kenneth wants to be a popular singer and a good teacher someday.
Kenneth believes that Pantawid Pamilya is already achieving its goal of sending poor children to school.
“Dako ang pag bag-o sa kinabuhi nako sukad niabot ang Pantawid. Mas naa koy atensyon sa akoang pag-eskwela kay nakit-an nako akoang mga ginikanan wala namublema sa akoang pag eskwela labina naay bayrunon. Mas kumpyansa ko sa mga gusto nako makab-ot sa kinabuhi kay kabalo ko kulang ang kita sa akoang papa sa pag baligya og tinapay (My life improved a lot with the support of Pantawid. I am more focused in my schooling since I witnessed that my parents were not anymore bothered with school fees. I am now more confident in my aspirations in life because I realized what my father earns from peddling bread is never enough).”
He also often participates in inter-school competitions, representing his school and even joining contests in other places. Every time he wins, he automatically gives his cash prize to his parents to help meet their daily needs.
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending Family Development Sessions.
Kenneth’s family is one of the 260,939 families in Davao Region benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a national flagship program led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (PR)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on November 10, 2017.
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