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Former GIP intern pays it forward through public service


“Every day we wake up is another step towards success; so why bother dreaming if you can wake up and build that dream.” 

So goes the motto in life of twenty-two-year-old Mark Anthony Mas, a former intern under the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Labor and Employment.       

Mark has begun building his dreams in the old town of Infanta, Pangasinan, originally the municipality of Sta. Cruz in Zambales.  

Despite being born to poor parents-a municipal employee and a plain housewife-Mark completed his Bachelor of Elementary Education at the Pangasinan State University in 2017 with academic proficiency award.  He was an active student leader and a sports writer in their school publication, his writing skills he learned from his grandmother. His academic performance and active involvement in school activities earned him a Gawad Parangal Award upon graduation.  After college, he successfully hurdled the licensure examination for teachers and the Civil Service examination.  

While he was searching for work, his father learned about the GIP from Infanta Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Mildred Hernandez.  He grabbed the opportunity, and was assigned at the municipal Budget Office. 

After the expiration of his internship, Mark was engaged by the LGU as Job Order at the same office. He was recommended for the regular position of Statistician Aide after his 6-month stint as JO on June 26, 2018.  

As a new government employee, Mark is full of aspirations for his townmates. Among them is being able to use his profession as a teacher to help people.

“I believe that public service is the best way I can pay forward the goodness of the DOLE, the LGU of Infanta, my parents and everyone who is with me in my journey,” he said.

When asked for a piece of advice for his fellow youth, Mark wished for them to keep on working on their goals and to understand the lesson in every experience they go through. 

The GIP is a six-month internship program for poor individuals 18 to 25 years who are at least high school or vocational-technical graduate. It aims to provide the interns the chance to pursue a career in government service by giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills during their internship period. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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