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WODP scholar graduate, inspired to set up own business
Regional Director Atty. Ana C. Dione congratulates WODP Scholar, Desiree Patiño
Millenials are changing the business landscape by capitalizing on their dynamism and enthusiasm to strike out on their own. This is what Workers Organization Development Program-Isabelo Delos Reyes (WODP-IDR) graduate Desiree Jane Patiño dreams of—to establish her own business once a good opportunity comes. 
Desiree graduated on 25 April 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management at the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in Las Piñas. She became a WODP-IDR scholar after his father, Dennis D. Patiño, union officer of Kapatiran ng mga Manggagawa sa Tri-Phil International, Inc. applied to the program to seek financial assistance. Desiree’s mother maintains a small Carinderia outside their house.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa WODP kasi na-motivate po ako na magpursige sa pag-aaral, na ma-sustain yung scholarship, para hindi na din po ako makadagdag sa mga alalahanin ng mga magulang ko,” Desiree narrated. 
It was a sweet victory for the Patiño family as Desiree’s diploma compensated all the hard work of her parents who were both unable to get a college degree during their time due to difficult financial situation. “Lagi po sinasabi ng mga magulang ko na mag-aral ng mabuti kasi edukasyon lang daw po ang maipapamana nila sa akin,” she recounted. Desiree is the only child.
With a vocational course in Culinary Arts which Desiree obtained at Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts in 2013, Desiree hopes to one day have her own food business, utilizing her culinary background and integrating the principles she learned in marketing. Desiree knew she needs a full-time job first so she can save and raise funds. Currently, she has pending job applications and is open to working in any industry for a marketing position.
Regional Director Atty. Ana C. Dione congratulated Desiree and encouraged her to apply for DOLE livelihood assistance once she intends to start her business. 
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE kasi nakatulong po sa akin ang WODP scholarship grant. Hindi na po naging malaking problema kung saan kami kukuha ng pang tuition kasi yung sinasahod po ni Papa ay hindi sapat para matugunan yung mga pangangailangan po ng aming pamilya,” said Desiree. END / Jackilyn Borja
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