Schol­ar­ship, hard work to­wards suc­cess

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A HARD­WORK­ING de­pen­dent of an over­seas Filipino worker ( OFW) achieved his dream to be­come an en­gi­neer through the schol­ar­ship pro­gram of the Over­seas Work­ers Wel­fare Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( Owwa).

Jus­tine Wen­dell Navarez, 24, from Di­gos City, Davao del Sur, availed of the Ed­u­ca­tion for De­vel­op­ment Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram ( EDSP) of Owwa in 2011. He took the qual­i­fy­ing ex­am­i­na­tion ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy ( DOST) and landed on the top 9 of the over­all na­tion­wide re­sult.

He took up Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Civil Engi­neer­ing at the Cor Jesu Col­lege, Di­gos City and passed the Civil Engi­neer­ing Board Exam in 2017.

His fa­ther, Roel Navarez, worked as a con­struc­tion fore­man in a mul­ti­ple project in the Mid­dle East while his mother, Jin­gle Navarez, is a school Guid­ance Coun­selor.

When he was still young, Jus­tine loved dis­man­tling his toys to see what’s in­side of it.

“When my mother saw what I am do­ing, she told me that I should be an en­gi­neer when I grow up. That habit of mine guided me to have an in­ter­est in deal­ing with the con­cept, anal­y­sis, de­sign and con­struc­tion of com­po­nents. This mo­ti­vates me to take up a Civil Engi­neer­ing course,” he said.

Jus­tine said he ap­plied for the schol­ar­ship pro­gram to lessen the fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial bur­den.

“Be­ing the el­dest, I thought of some­thing that would help my par­ents in sus­tain­ing my engi­neer­ing course. I had my other sib­lings who were also study­ing and needed fi­nan­cial sup­port. Through the schol­ar­ship grant,

I had the op­por­tu­nity to reach my dream,” he said. He added that the pro­gram serves as an av­enue of hope for stu­dents bring­ing them closer to their cho­sen ca­reer. He said Owwa pointed him to a di­rec­tion where there is a clearer view of his goal.

“I was granted the schol­ar­ship the year af­ter my fa­ther came back from the Mid­dle East.

He opted to stay home and hitched side­lines he can find while my mother con­tin­ued as a guid­ance coun­selor. Most of the fi­nan­cial bur­den sud­denly shifted to my mother mak­ing ends meet. My dream also be­came dim­mer, but I mo­ti­vated my­self to strive even more de­spite the chal­lenges,” Jus­tine said. Jus­tine presently works as a Lab­o­ra­tory En­gi­neer at Qualitest Solutions andTech­nolo­gies, Inc. in Davao City, a com­pany that mainly tests con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als to be used in con­struc­tion to en­sure that they pass the qual­ity stan­dard.

“Specif­i­cally, my field of work is soil in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We con­duct soil drilling ac­tiv­ity to gather Geotech­ni­cal data to be used in de­sign­ing a struc­ture,” he elab­o­rated. He has worked in the com­pany for nine months.

Af­ter pass­ing the board exam, Jus­tine worked as a part- time in­struc­tor at Cor Jesu Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing. “I only served at the col­lege for one se­mes­ter. While work­ing as an in­struc­tor, I ap­plied at Sta. Lu­cia Inc. as a Project En­gi­neer for its sub­di­vi­sion project in Di­gos City. Luck­ily, I was hired and able to work with the com­pany for 1 year and 8 months,” he said.

De­spite all the chal­lenges be­ing an Owwa scholar, Jus­tine works hard to main­tain his out­stand­ing grades.

“Tak­ing an engi­neer­ing course re­quires pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance to suc­ceed. I con­sid­ered Owwa as a great factor in my suc­cess. With its guid­ance and sup­port, I am now reap­ing the fruits of my la­bor. I ex­tend my heart­felt grat­i­tude to Owwa for en­light­en­ing my path dur­ing the dawn of my col­lege life. I am hop­ing that they may shed their light to more OFW de­pen­dents who are as­pir­ing to have a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and set them to­wards their own ca­reer,” he said. /

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