Philippine Self-Help Foundation


Rolly  (26) finally completed his Criminology course in October 2011 and obtained his bachelor's degree after five years working as a security guard in the morning and studying in the evening. Rolly was assisted in 2008 and 2010 with a loan from PSHF to pay the tuition fees in advance.

Rolly is the eldest in a family of eight children. His parents are both deceased; his Father died in 2003 from an unknown illness whilst his Mother was shot by her jealous suitor. After his parents died, Rolly and his two younger siblings, Melany (14) and Romulo (12), went to stay with their grandparents on his father's side in Sikatuna, an interior town of Bohol island. His five other siblings; Bernard (25), Irish (20), Aljun (15), Jess (11) and James Christian (8) are living with his grandparents on his Mother?s side.

Rolly was 19 years old in 2006 when he attended a security guard training course which eventually enabled him to land security jobs in various establishments in Tagbilaran City. He is now working as a trainee with the City Traffic Management. In addition to his daily duties as a traffic enforcer he is also a cashier in a bar in the City three evenings a week. His combined average monthly salary is 5,300 pesos ($120).

Rolly has fully repaid his previous loans with us and he is now applying for one final reloan to enable him to take the Board examination this May and thus get his license to become a full time policeman. Once he has passed the test, he will be a licensed policeman and have a stable job. This loan will enable him to undertake the one month review, process the documentation and take the final exams.

Rolly's dream of becoming a policeman is nearly in his grasp now. He was inspired to be a policeman when his mother was shot dead by a reckless person who was never captured. He vowed to himself it would never happen to him or his family again. A more practical reason for his wish to join this profession is that the work can be rewarding both in terms of salary and in job satisfaction.

Now that Rolly's grandparents on both sides are in their late 70s, he is keen to support his younger brothers and sisters and send them to school to give them a chance of also becoming professionals one day.

Ireen O. Ingles
PSHF Bohol
March 2012