Barefoot grad finds job at DOLE

Ms. Anna Rose Quinto walks barefoot with her mom (left) during the investiture ceremony meets with RD Popoy Rodriguez, Jr. at DOLE RO 6-Negros Occidental Field Office.

A graduating student who offered her shoes to her mother and walked barefoot for her hood investiture was a touching moment that portrayed respect for parents, humility amid success and a determination for a bright future.

The graduate who went viral in social media was Ms. Anna Rose Quinto, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Mathematics from Bago City College in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

During the ceremony, Anna Rose’s mother was hesitant to accompany her on stage because one of her shoes snapped.

Instead of giving up, Anna Rose took off her shoes, gave them to her mother and went on stage barefoot.

“I want to share this milestone with my mother who sacrificed a lot in order that we can go to school,” Anna Rose explained.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. was moved with the act of Anna Rose and directed the DOLE RO 6-Negros Occidental Field Office (DOLE RO 6-NOFO) to get in touch with her for employment opportunity.

“We provide opportunities to those who are in need and deserving of a job. Ms. Quinto possesses the values of a good employee. She passed through the process of hiring and was qualified for the position she applied for,” Atty. Rodriguez said.

During the interview it was found out that Ms. Quinto is not new to DOLE programs and services. She had worked for Bacolod City Government in 2017 to gather National Skills Registration Program (NSRP) data forms.

NSRP is also one of the DOLE’s programs that aims on maintaining a continuing nationwide skills registry through its Skills Registry System (SRS) database.

It is a database of active manpower supply containing the profiles of all persons and employers registered under the NSRP with the information on the qualifications and skills of the applicants as well as the job vacancies posted by the employers.

With her experience with the local government unit of Bacolod, Ms. Quinto was hired as the NSRP Coordinator of DOLE RO 6-NOFO. She hopes that she will learn and grow professionally with DOLE and her employment will help her gain experience.

Anna Rose is thankful for the job that could help in her future undertakings and for the achievement of her goals. “My earnings from my job with DOLE will help me financially for my review for the Licensure Examination for Teachers next year,” she said.

“We will help in every opportunity. By providing employment, we assist them in their personal and professional growth and in providing the needs for their family,” said RD Rodriguez as he calls for all employers to be sensitive to the needs of the workers. “Let us utilize the talents and potentials of these young graduates who could be an asset to the industry and to our country,” Atty. Rodriguez said focusing on the youths’ capabilities.