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The new batch of livelihood students learn Tzu Chi values

February 07, 2019 | Charissa Tulinao

Machine operation students listen to their instructor. They first learn the basics before proceeding with the hands-on activities. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

Story Highlights

  • Providing opportunities and cultivating good values to its students, the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus in Sta. Mesa continued with its Livelihood Training Program with four courses, namely; Machine Operation, Executive Assistant, Call Center, and Sewing. Students share the values they have learned from their daily humanity classes.


The Livelihood Training Program in the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC), Sta Mesa welcomed its new batch of students for the machine operation, executive assistant, call center, and sewing courses. On the 21st of January, students with different backgrounds and goals began their daily humanity classes spearheaded by the volunteers.

Along with the skills and techniques that the instructors and other volunteers teach to the students, one of the most important classes held is the values formation.

Volunteer Olga Vendivel emphasizes that most of the students and the graduates of the livelihood training program are different from those who are enrolled in normal schools.

The success of the livelihood training program for her is not only because of the volunteers and instructors but because of the kind of students they produce.

“I think it’s more of the values formation that we are sharing with them that makes our students very distinct. Everyone can be skilled but our uniqueness is from the attitude of our students,” said Vendivel.

Ruby Delos Santos came across the foundation through her aunt who is a long-term beneficiary. As a single mother, she decided to join the program as she needed an income to raise her two children.

She shared that an attitude that she was able to adapt was understanding the value of giving.

Most days, she would set aside some of her transportation allowance and immediately place it inside her coin bank

For her, this was also a way to reciprocate the help Tzu Chi has provided her.   

18-year old Angelica Carbonel wasn’t able to finish college. Having been interested in Information Technology, she decided to take the Executive Assistant course because of their similarities.

She never forgets the teachings of Master Cheng Yen.

“According to Master Cheng Yen, whenever we help, we shouldn’t seek for something in return. We should always be willing to do it,” said Carbonel.

Upon seeing the change her sister went through after joining the livelihood training program, Angelica Piala was inspired to participate. Not only was her sister able to work in a good company, she also went through moral transformation.

“My sister was ill-tempered before, but now, she became very nice. Also, she helps our mother and provides for her. Everybody depends on her,” said Piala.

She was able to finish a degree in Business Administration but wasn’t able to get a job after graduation because she got married immediately.

“Dharma Master Cheng Yen doesn’t choose to help based on the religion, nationality or anything else. As long as she knows you’re in need, she will help,” said Piala.

Tzu Chi will continue to inspire the present and future students of the Livelihood Training Program through humanity classes, molding them not only as skilled workers, but as compassionate individuals as well.

  • Ruby Delos Santos (Middle) participates in group activity led by their personality development instructor. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Angelica Piala shares what she knows about Tzu Chi and its missions. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】