By Joseph Jubelag
KORONADAL CITY–A 42-year old fish ball vendor who finished high school with honors received a scholarship grant from the Technical Education Skills and Development Agency (TESDA) in Central Mindanao region.
Rafael Abrogar, regional director of the TESDA in Central Mindanao region, said TESDA conferred “scholarship of commitment” to Jolito Angkoy who finished high school at the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School (KNCHS) last month.
Abrogar said Angkoy was among the 1,693 Grade 10 students of KNCHS who received their junior high school completion certificates and one of the more than 100 beneficiaries of the Department of Education’s “open program.”
For almost 10 years, from Monday to Friday, Angkoy would peddle fish balls and other street foods on his mobile vending cart in front of KNCHS.
He attended the KCNHS open program for high school during Saturdays and Sundays.
“We conferred to him the scholarship grant as he opted take up a technical-vocational course instead of pursuing senior high school,” Abrogar said in an interview.
Abrogar said TESDA will assist Angkoy complete his chosen technical-vocational course and will help him in finding a job after graduation.
Angkoy said he stopped from pursuing high school studies due to poverty.
“Pangarap at gusto ko talaga na sana makatapos ng high school man lang kahit may pamilya na ako,” Angkoy said.