“Ang gusto ko lang naman ay pumasa. Bonus na lang ang pagiging Topnotcher. Hindi ko inaasahang magiging Top 1 ako. Ginawa ko lang ang dapat kong gawin upang pumasa, ito ang walang tigil na pagrereview (I simply want to pass the test. Being on top is merely a perk. I did not expect to be ranked first, I just completed what I had to do in order to pass, which was to constantly review),” Engr. Alexis Alegado humbly shared after the release of the April 2023 Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers.

After his graduation, Engr. Alexis devoted most of his time reviewing. Part of his review techniques is using scribbling formulas and other engineering ideas he has written on the front door of their house. Seeing it everyday, it acted as a reminder for him to keep going and that opportunity will someday knock on his door.

Engr. Alexis added, “Ginawa kong inspirasyon ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng aming pamilya. Gusto ko kasing iangat ang pamumuhay namin (I was inspired by our family’s current circumstances; I wish to improve our living condition).”

 The 22-year-old engineer graduated Cum Laude from the Mariano Marcos State University in the City of Batac, Ilocos Norte. After scoring 92.10% on the licensing examination, he bested 16,936 other examinees and shared the top place with De La Salle University.

Alegado Family is one of the 4Ps household beneficiaries in Paoay, Ilocos Norte since 2012. “Sa tulong ng 4Ps, nagkaroon kami ng pandagdag sa gastusin sa pag-aaral at pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan. Kapos o sapat lang ang kinikita ng aking mga magulang (With the help of 4Ps, we were able to meet our school and daily needs. My parents’ income is insufficient or just enough),” Engr. Alexis mused. His father, Jimmy, is a farm laborer while his mother, Teresita, is a laundress. He is the second child among the four siblings. Being an engineer is his childhood dream – a dream that he can hardly believe he has already achieved. “Ayaw ko nang maghirap pa ang aking mga magulang sa pagtustos sa aming mga pangangailangan. Ang tagumpay kong ito ay tagumpay din ng aking mga magulang. Sila ang dahilan kung bakit aking natamasa ang mahalagang yugto ng aking buhay (I do not want to burden my parents with the responsibility of meeting our needs. My success is also my parents’ success. They are the reason why I achieved this remarkable chapter of my life),” Engr. Alexis said.

With 4Ps as his building blocks to establish a stronger foundation in achieving self-sufficiency, Engr. Alexis has now the power to concretize his dreams. 4Ps served as the basic structural and functional unit in his pursuit to education while keeping in his heart the inspiration instilled by the program and providing a better quality of life for his family. Equipped with knowledge and a license to back up his determination, his tower will rise soon. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer)