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Farmer’s son from South Cotabato becomes doctor, prepares to battle COVID-19

South Cotabato

A 25-year-old resident of Banga, South Cotabato has become an inspiration for many when he graduated from medical school despite facing financial difficulties.

The son of farmers, Arenz Jade Docdocil announced his graduation from medical school in an online post that appeared a few weeks ago. He recalled that his parents discouraged him from pursuing his passion.

“My parents are both farmers, cultivating a small piece of land as our family’s sole source of income. To grant my dream and send me to a medical school seemed impossible to them. I may be able to enter medschool but I might be forced to stop in the middle [of my education] because my parents will probably run out of resources to support me,” he said in his post, which has been shared almost 22,000 times.

"Wala gid mabilin sa aton kung tumanon mo ang handom mo mag-doctor, pati ido naton nga kagiron ibaligya ta gid para lang…

Posted by Arenz Jade Docdocil on Friday, June 26, 2020

Describing himself as “stubborn” and “strong-willed,” Docdocil still applied for a place at the Mindanao State University, a public school that charges affordable fees for medical students. He was even granted a scholarship but admitted that the miscellaneous costs were still expensive. He even recalled that his mother chose not to have surgery just so they could pay for the costs of his education.

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