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Deaf-mute college graduate joins DOLE RO8 family under GIP

TACLOBAN CITY – A deaf-mute college graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Services at AMA Computer Learning Center, Ms. Ma. Merliza Montibon is now part of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 family after she has qualified to be a beneficiary of the DOLE’s Government Internship Program for 2017.

Speaking through sign language and written answers to the questions asked by the Labor Information Officer, Ms. Montibon shared her story of dreams, determination and willing spirit to be a worthy person that she can be.

Being the eldest in the brood of four, Ms. Montibon helps her mother in taking care of her younger siblings after her father left them 10 years ago.  She had to endure hard labor, working at early age just to help her family cope with daily living.

After self-supporting her studies, she was able to obtain a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Services at ACLC in Tacloban City.  Armed with perseverance and fortitude, she tried her luck of applying for GIP slot with the DOLE RO8.  After an evaluation of her employment documents, and interview by the DOLE-Northern Leyte Field Office Chief, she was given a slot and immediately started his internship with the Department.

“I am very happy to experience working in the government, particularly in DOLE, and I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime,” Montibon said.

She also revealed that her ultimate dream in life is to become a professional photographer because she finds joy in capturing the beautiful nature that God has given us, and so excited to seize through the lenses the things that are in store for her and the many occasions that lie ahead.

The government internship program is a component of the government’s Kabataan 2000 project under Executive Order No. 139 Series of 1993, which aimed to provide opportunities for young workers to serve the general public through the projects and services of government agencies and offices at both local and national level.

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