Marjorie Fernandez in her toga.

 

The year is off to a good start for Marjorie Fernandez. The 23-year-old resident of Barangay Villa Ilaya just passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination this January and she is now ready to pursue bigger dreams.

Marj, as she is known to her family and friends, encountered problems along the way but she did not give up on her dreams.

“You will not succeed if you don’t learn from your mistakes,” the pride of Atimonan said in Tagalog.

Marj is the second of the four children of Irene Fernandez, a widow and a coconut farmer from Villa Ilaya. She was already in her third year in college when her family encountered financial problems that almost forced her to put her studies on hold. But her drive to finish her degree remained strong and when she saw an opportunity, she grabbed it. In 2015, she applied as a scholar of Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E).

With the support from A1E, Marj continued her studies and in March 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree from the Alpha Centauri Educational System, Inc., in Lucena City.

 

Marjorie together with her classmates during their graduation last March 2016.

 

Three years later, she passed both the Criminologist Licensure Examination and the National Police Commission’s (NAPOLCOM) Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Examination.

Marj is currently doing research and planning tasks at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) of Atimonan.

With her recent achievements, she is now more determined to pursue bigger dreams. She was offered a regular position at the MDRRMO but she is eager to apply the knowledge she acquired from school by being a police officer.

She originally planned to work for the PNP, or the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) but there are no job openings at the moment.

 

Marjorie with Mayor Rustico Joven Mendoza in the Incident Command System Training facilitated by the Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at Playa de Lucia Hotel and Resort in Atimonan, Quezon last April 13, 2018.

 

There’s no stopping her though. Marj is setting her sights to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). She hopes to become a jail officer at the bureau and to make this happen, she plans to apply this coming February. Marj said she’s ready to undertake the extensive examinations and trainings to reach her dreams.

As a breadwinner of the family, Marj feels more determined to achieve not only her dreams but also her goals for her family. She wants to help send her younger brother, Arjay Fernandez, a senior high school graduate, to college. Arjay wants to take up Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation.

“If others can do it, so can I,” Marj said with a smile on her face. She was beaming with pride and happiness as she thanked her family and friends, and expressed gratitude towards A1E for the financial support that brought her closer to her dreams, one step at a time.