Senior High grad shares his ingredients to success

May 23, 2016

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan upang magkaroon ng magandang buhay dahil nasa ating kamay ang ating ikauunlad.”. These are the words Rendel Mancera Cortez lives by.
Mancera is just one of many who took advantage of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Senior High School Program (SHS) pilot program at Lamon Bay School of Fisheries to better his situation.
“Buti na lamang at naisipan ko at ng aking mga magulang na sumubok sa SHS program, malaking kaluwagan ito para sa kanila,” he said.
Hailing from Gumaca, Quezon, Mancera is the eldest son of a tricycle driver among five siblings. He wanted to go to college but his family could not afford it, so he took Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track at Lamon Bay School of Fisheries, where he studied Commercial Cooking, Cookery, and Bread and Pastry. 
With these subjects he learned to prepare, cook and serve a variety of foods. These foods are commonly sold to students and teachers in the school. The sales income is then used to finance their other projects and other hands-on activities.
“Minsan po nagsasagawa din kami ng catering service sa mga National Association of Principals of Philippine Secondary Schools (NAPPSHI)at Skills Training and Vocational Education (STAVE) conferences,” Mancera said.
The proceeds from these services are used by the students in financing their Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) National Assessment Exam. He took and passed the exams and is now a Commercial Cooking NC II and Bread and Pastry Production NCII holder.
After SHS, Mancera decided to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science in Education Major in English where he is now a third year college student and enjoying a full scholarship courtesy of Eastern Quezon College, Gumaca, Quezon (a Higher Education Institution partner of Lamon Bay School of Fisheries). He is now on his way of fulfilling his dreams of getting a good education and to help his family.