It was in 2007 when Rafael Grancioso was rescued as a child laborer at the age of 10 years old in Naic, Cavite who goes on fishing early in the morning and sells it before going to school. His family was not financially stable and he even goes to school with an empty stomach. Despite his situation, he never stopped dreaming which he knew impossible to achieve. Until Project Angel Tree came into his life and this project was really a great blessing because it helps him to revive his dreams to become an engineer.
Through the DOLE’s Project Angel Tree and a strong partnership with private companies in Cavite, Rafael got his educational scholarship from San Miguel Foundation, Inc. and pursues his dreams to be an engineer. He took up Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Maragondon, Cavite and graduated last April 2016.
On June 16, 2016, he was hired as Electrical Electronics Engineer at Can Asia, Inc. and now supports his family’s needs. During the Project Angel Tree 9th Gift-giving Activity, he gave his message of thanks to all program partners. “You are really a great blessing from God. The word thank you is not enough to express how thankful and grateful I am to be in this place right now. To the former child laborers who are here, never stop dreaming. Thank you DOLE for Project Angel Tree for reaching and keeping us from the situation we think we can't escape from and for the unstoppable concern to us. Thank you Shoreline Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (SKKI) for the warmth of your love that you showed to us and for the spiritual lesson that we will always keep in our hearts and minds. To San Miguel Foundation Inc. and Can Asia Inc., thank you for the financial support and educational scholarship. I was really a pride to be a San Miguel scholar, pag San Miguel Scholar ka iba ka rin. To Philippine Advanced Precision and Technology Inc. (PAPTI) for the learning experience in my on-the-job (OJT), to our beloved sponsors from different companies , thank you for the support and care that you gave to us and to the persons that helped me to be where I am, Sir Edwin and Mam Myrose of DOLE Cavite, Kuya Retchie of SKKI, Mam Mae Vargas and Mam Nerisse of Can Asia, Inc., Mam Jenny, Mam Rona, Mam Camille, Mam Mabeth and Sir Don of San Miguel Foundation Inc., thank you” Rafael said.
Myrose B. Basila
Sr. LEO, DOLE Cavite Provincial Office