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After their deployment in November 2023, KALAHI-CIDSS beneficiaries of the university reaped the fruit of their services in the second wave of payout today, February 28. About 467 PSU graduates under he Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development gathered at the Lingayen Campus’ Convention Hall as DSWD personnel released their salary. Alongside DSWD team were top management of Pangasinan State University led by University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas, former University President now VP for Administration, Planning and Finance Management, Dr. Dexter R. Buted and the Director for Student and Alumni Affairs, Dr. Ian Evangelista, Chief Administrative Officer and PSU Focal for KALAHI-CIDSS, Prof. Celeste T. Mercado. “We are more than grateful that DSWD and Sen. Marcos through this program, our graduates are given a chance to experience working in the corporate world. And to our KALAHI-CIDSS beneficiaries, let us also learn to spend our hard-earned money to things we really need ,” Dr. Galas said. Dr. Buted represented Sen. Imee Marcos, Initiator of the said project, in inspiring the participants to work efficiently and foster professionalism in the workplace. The Guest Speaker and former University President extended the commendation shared by Sen. Marcos for PSU’s effort as a leading government academic institution providing quality service specially to younger generations. “Ang aming pinag-isa at pinagbigkis na layunin, [ako] bilang dating Presidente at ang bagong president [Dr. Galas] na mabigyan talaga ang ating mga estudyante na higit pa kung anong mayroon sa isang pribadong eskwelahan dito sa probinsya ng Pangasinan,” Dr. Buted shared. “Ang programang ito ay hindi lamang ginawa para mabigay ng cashout o ayuda para sa mga graduates. But I would like to emphasize that it’s not the pay, it’s not the money [that matter] but I think the best thing to describe your program [KALAHI-CIDSS] is your real experience in your chosen field,” the former PSU President added. Dr. Buted also encouraged the alumni to picture this opportunity from the point of view of an employee that above commitment, competence, skills and talents, attitude is set in the highest level of professionalism inside the workplace and in the attainment of goals in life. Adding to the feeling of excitement inside the hall, are several words of gratitude from the beneficiaries, Carl James Madrid and Shekainah Kim Cruz who served at the Lingayen Campus. The DSWD team led by Social Welfare Officer Reysa D. Pilotin-Tigas spearheaded the release of payouts.