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No Secrets to Success: A former GIP’s employment journey

The office doors open every minute or so. The visitors greet whoever’s inside with a voice only they can hear, drowned by the loud hum of the air conditioning. A staff, a woman with long curly hair and pale skin, greets them back with kindness, “kindly wait for [PESO Manager] Ma’am Hilda. She’ll be here in a minute.”

The staff’s name is Mary Anne Adaoag. She finished Hotel and Restaurant Management in college and is now a permanent employee of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Cabarroguis, Quirino. This has become her daily routine, accommodating walk-in clients, processing documents, preparing anything that the office would need.

She says that her experience being a recipient of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Government Internship Program (GIP) back in 2015 prepared her for a life in public service.

As a former GIP, she says that working with papers and the public is not a new thing. In fact, the program helped her build her skills and experience she would later need to progress in any work she would land. When she was assigned at the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, she had to deal with clients of different personalities and paper works and the experience has been invaluable as she now works in an area where her experience is an asset.

Mary Anne said the GIP gave her a chance to be a better worker, proving that finishing a degree in college without stepping into the world of employment is not going to cut it. An employee must have work experience.

Looking back at all her experiences, she feels grateful for being a GIP recipient. The program served as a path for her to thrive and become a permanent employee of PESO Cabarroguis. It also gave her the inspiration to serve the public, saying that the beauty of helping people is too hard to ignore.

There are no secrets to success. Success is a result of the preparation, hard work, and learning from mistakes you experience in life. Failures are inevitable and will always tail your achievements, but I used it to learn more about my job,” Mary Anne says.

She also advises people looking for jobs to be a lifelong learner no matter what stage they are in their careers and put God first in every step or decision they make. ###

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2021-07-01
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DIRECTOR JOEL M. GONZALES


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