After 15 years of service, Wilma Dungog, a day care worker (DCW), has no regrets with her work.
Rather, she found it “fulfilling” when her pupils would come back and still call her “ma’am”.
Dungog, 47, a native of Barangay Lantawan, municipality of San Fernando, is single parent of three kids.
She is a graduate of an agriculture course.
Unfortunately, her father refused to let her work away from home when she and her husband severed conjugal ties. She said this was to prevent her from seeing her husband again.
Instead of practicing her profession, Dungog ended up being a day care worker in Barangay Lantawan proper and in Sitio Pit-os.
DCWs and other barangay workers are volunteers. Thus, they don’t receive wages but only allowances for their services from their respective barangays and municipalities or cities.
DCWs in San Fernando used to receive an allowance of P1,000 from their respective barangays every month. Later on, it was increased to P 2,000.
With such meager income and without support from her ex-husband, Dungog said she cannot believe how she was able to raise her children alone.
“I really don’t know how I was able to get them through with little income. But now, I even have a college graduate,” she said.
Her eldest daughter already works for a call center company. The second and the youngest both are now in college.
Dungog said that good things will really come when you just keep going and stay positive.
“Despite what happened with my marriage, I can still say I am blessed,” she said.
Dungog and the rest of the DCWs in San Fernando and in the City of Naga received their productivity incentives from the Capitol on May 12.
The cash incentive is given to recognize the barangay workers’ important role in the delivery of basic services.
These were hand carried by the employees of the Capitol. They were accompanied by Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III.
The Capitol officials said this might not be enough to compensate their services and answer their needs.
For Dungog, however, her burden is lighter now with the new breadwinner in her family.
“Murag di na gyud ko malubog sa utang para sa duha nako nga nag college kay duha naman ming mogasto (I think I don’t need to obtain huge debts for my two children in college because I now have someone helping me),” she said.
Aside from DCWs, the barangay health workers, barangay animal health aides, nutrition scholars, and tanods in San Fernando and City of Naga also received their allowances.