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PWD employed at provincial government

By on July 28, 2016

“Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako kay Governor Carlos Padilla, dahil binigyan niya ako ng pagkakataon na magsilbi sa ilalim ng provincial government,” said a Person with Disability (PWD) now employed at the Provincial General Services Office (PGSO).

Born with incomplete limbs, Marlon Suni did not let his condition hinder him from surviving the daily challenges of life. Raised in poverty, Suni strived hard to finish his basic education at Careb Elementary School and Murong National High School, both in Bagabag where he was born. He went to school with his sidecar bicycle. He sat on the side car while his left arm takes care of the pedal and the right on the handlebars.

“Minsan, yung kaklase ko kukuha ng tali para itali yung bisikleta ko sa bisikleta niya at hihilahin niya ako pauwi,” said Suni as he reminisces his childhood days. “Marami ang mga nanghuhusga sa itsura ko, pero hindi ko na yun pinansin. Papasok sa isang tenga ko, lalabas sa kabila,” he added.

His patience and determination to finish his studies paid off when he graduated as 5th place in elementary and 1st honorable mention in high school.

After finishing high school, he was able to join the group of Person with Disabilities (PWDs) sent to Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Dagupan City where he was able to take a vocational course in Canteen Management but he was not able to finish the course due to financial difficulties. He went back to the province and enrolled at PLT College Inc. while working part-time at the PWD canteen to support his studies.

Finally, in October 2004 he was able to graduate Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSED) Major in General Science.

He was going to enroll for a review for the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) when his father met an accident and needed money to finance the hospital bills and medications.

“Yung ipon ko na gagamitin ko sana, e ginamit namin para sa pang-ospital ng tatay ko kasi mas kailangan niya yun kesa sa akin,” said Suni.

He then continued to work at the canteen full time to help his family’s expenses. He stood as the provider of the family being the eldest son in the family.

In 2009, he was blessed with a baby girl whom he named Josiah Maree with his live-in partner Anne Claire Dela Cruz. Suni’s daughter and live-in partner live in Careb and sell street foods in front of a school to help him finance the family’s needs.

“Hindi kasi sapat yung kinikita ko sa canteen. Sa 70% na kita, paghahatian naming mga empleyado, kaya kailangan naming magtulungan sa paghahanap-buhay,” explained Suni.

To provide more for his family, Suni tried his luck to apply for a position in the provincial government.

Now 37 years old, Suni is already an employee of the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya at PGSO as an Administrative Aide.

According to Suni, he is in-charge of receiving and recording documents from hospitals and maintaining cleanliness and orderliness in the office.

Marlon Suni is a testimony that nothing can stop a man from succeeding. As the American country singer Jimmy Dean said “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” #krizel