Nanay Ofelia Mondaya is 55 years old and has 7 children, but this did not stop her from reaching for her dreams. For many, it might be ‘too late’ for Nanay Ofelia to earn her degree and find a better job, now that she’s just 10 years away from retirement age, yet she did not give up.
The street sweeper would recently go viral after graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration! Wow.
No one is ever too old to reach for their dreams, that’s for sure!
Nanay Ofelia is a regular face in the streets of Barangay Poblacion in Batangas City. She has worked as street sweeper for many years. Because she is only a ‘job order’, there is no assurance that she can keep her job until she reaches the retirement age of 65.
Moreover, because she’s just a ‘job order’, she does not have the same benefits as regular employees. So, she is not likely to get any retirement pay when the time comes.
Nanay Ofelia has to raise and send her 7 kids to school, but she did not quit on her dreams. Several years ago, she enrolled in the alternative learning system (ASL) of the Department of Education (DepEd). Through this, she was able to complete her high school education in 2014 and later enroll in college.
With the help of a supervisor, Nanay Ofelia was able to keep her job as street sweeper. The supervisor arranged her schedule so she could still work but still had time to go to school.
It was extra challenging for the mother of 7, yet she did everything she could to earn her degree in Business Administration from the Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas.
Through hard work and a lot of sacrifices, Nanay Ofelia managed to overcome the obstacles and graduate from college!
Graduation rites are canceled due to the pandemic, but Nanay Ofelia feels so happy with the achievement. Her children are also very proud of what she was able to achieve.
“Sobrang pinagtiyagaan niya talaga. Halos sa madaling araw umaalis siya, magtatrabaho, magwawalis tapos uuwi siya ng umaga na, maliwanag na. Tapos mag-aaral siya kasi marami siyang assignment,” revealed Crizel, one of Nanay Ofelia’s children.
“Proud na proud kami sa kaniya. Hindi man kami nakapagtapos, katulad ng kanyang pinapangarap sa amin, masaya kami kasi siya ‘yung halos tumupad na rin ng pangarap namin.”
For sure, it is Nanay Ofelia’s turn to encourage her children to go back to school and complete their college education. Meanwhile, she plans to find a regular job using her new qualifications… Good luck po, Nanay Ofelia!