Working mom strives to send husband to school
Published: July 20, 2019 12:25pm | Puerto Prinsesa
She symbolizes the changing role of a modern woman.
Like most mothers, Arlyn Villawala prioritizes her family above else.
That’s why it was painful to her to leave home for months, away from her husband and their baby daughter to prepare for the licensure exams for agriculturists.
“I could not help but cry when I hear her voice over the mobile phone every time I call home. I terribly miss them,” Arlyn said, holding back tears during an interview at the University of the Philippines Los Banos recently.
Arlyn, an employee of farm-tourism destination Yamang Bukid Farm in Puerto Princesa City Palawan, and fellow employee Daniel John Zabala, are sent by their employer to the UPLB for the rigorous months-long review, preparing them for the biggest day of their careers yet.
A graduate of agricultural economics at Palawan State University (PSU) in Puerto Princesa, Arlyn is a young aspiring agriculturist who used to work for the city government.
Among her tasks was to conduct surveys in the city’s villages in relation to the local government’s programs. During one of those trips, she dropped by the Farm, observed and learned how the former community of illegal loggers there was transformed into nature lovers with the introduction of the farm.
Before long, Arlyn joined her colleagues at the city government who worked at the farm.
“I was given an offer I could not resist,” she said in Filipino. “The pay was good and the working environment was perfect for me who loves farming.”
At the farm, Arlyn is assigned in helping oversee the sprawling estate’s vegetable, herbal and ornamental gardens. She is among the farm’s young agriculture experts who teach former illegal loggers the scientific way of farming and of conserving nature.
Her good pay is not only helping meet her family’s basic needs but it afforded her the luxury of paying for her husband’s school.
Working as a mall security guard during the day, Arlyn’s husband goes to school at night, taking up criminology at one of the city’s private colleges.
“I’m working for them. Even if it’s hard to be away from my little girl, I’ll just bear it,” Arlyn said.
Due to their tight review schedule, she can only call her husband and daughter at least once a week.
She said she would persevere so her husband can finish his schooling, adding she was very proud and happy when he told her of his desire to go to college.
Arlyn was grateful to Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI), parent company of Yamang Bukid Farm, for the support it extended for their review. Aside from review fees, the wellness products manufacturer also shouldered their food, board and lodging and other expenses.
She said she would try to make most of the time in the review to learn as much as she could and get herself well-prepared for the board exams.
“I will give my best to pass in the board exams. This is for my family. They are my inspiration,” she said.