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Super A-Mom Verti Tagaan: Solo parents are “never solo”

Lorenne Anacta and Isaac Galang | July 2, 2019

Here in AEV, we have one special A-Mom who is more powerful than the infinity stones combined, thanks to her unwavering faith and great time management skills. She, after all, is among the many solo parents who are also full-time employees, which makes her a certified Super A-Mom! Meet Eugenia “Verti” Tagaan of AEV Accounting!

Republic Act 8972 (Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000) provides benefits and privileges to solo parents. I’m thankful that our company is very compliant and adaptive with the benefits of being a solo parent that helps attend to the things that I need to accomplish. With this, I am also able to enjoy the 7 days solo parent leave, which is on top of my default leaves.

 

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How did you get connected with Aboitiz?

In 1988, I went to DOLE to inquire if there are any job opportunities for me. I then took the examination and, thankfully, passed. I was referred to work for Gorones Corporation and, after a year, I transferred to Metaphil. After so, I wanted to shift gears in my career, so I moved to ACO (Aboitiz & Company) in 1992. I got what I wanted here and have been part of the Company for almost 27 years now.

 

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How hard it is to balance out your time being an employee and a single mom?

I always start and embrace my day with a grateful and cheerful heart. I embrace positive thoughts in everything that I do. Raising two young sons alone (as a single parent) is no joke. At first, I thought I won’t be able to manage and was afraid that I may fail my duties as a mother. Then, I realized that I need to put my trust in the Father Almighty. I surrendered everything to Him, prayed, and asked for strength to be a responsible mother.

With the help of my “kasambahay” for almost 11 years, I was able to make it through and survive the challenges of being a solo parent. I made a great effort to manage my schedules to monitor my kids and taught them how to take care of themselves at a young age. I’m proud to share that at the age of 12, they can already laundry their clothes, cook rice, clean the house, watering the plants, and do other home tasks!

Spending time with my kids is one of the most important things for me. Since I have tried my best to clear and manage schedules, I really put an effort to allot time for them, cook for them, attend to their needs, school activities, and hang out with them. Planning ahead really helped me on this journey — it allows me to attend to both my tasks at the office and at home.

Since they don’t have a father figure I always try my best to act like one. I always push them to do different kinds of sports, even if it costs me much — and it works! My eldest son is now a taekwondo black belter while my youngest is a swimmer. I imposed strict discipline when it comes to their studies and using gadgets. I constantly monitor their progress, and sometimes even approach their teachers if  I’m not contented with their grades! Haha! 

 

 

 

Is there something that the company extends in order to help you manage your time and attend to the needs of your family/kids?

Republic Act 8972 (Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000) provides benefits and privileges to solo parents. I’m thankful that our company is very compliant and adaptive with the benefits of being a solo parent that helps attend to the things that I need to accomplish. With this, I am also able to enjoy the 7 days solo parent leave, which is on top of my default leaves. 

 

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you resolve it?

Honestly speaking and God-willing, I may say I never encountered one. The most difficult is probably when my eldest son got hospitalized for gastroenteritis. In times like those, I just stay positive and keep on praying, keeping in mind that every problem, whether big or small, has a solution. I focus on efficiently delivering the solutions I need to do. 

 

What are the different activities here in AEV that make you feel valued as a mother?

I am grateful to be part of a company, which values family. More so, I belong to a team that seems just like a big family where you can laugh and make fun with each other and share some of your problems. Not only does my team help me out at work, they also support me with personal matters.

With the many challenges I face at work and at home, it feels great when you’re treated with love through simple company activities like the Mothers’ Day and Valentine’s Day celebrations. Thank you, AEV!

 

 

Do you have any messages to your teammates or people who can help you with your everyday work? Or any message to other moms out there who also might struggle to achieve work-life balance?

To all moms who struggle to achieve work-life balance, just stay cool and be positive. Always greet your day with a smile and thank God for the gift of life. Always keep a calendar, and plot all things you need to do. Be debt free. If things don’t work in your favor then it’s not meant for you, and maybe not meant to be at all. Trust God in everything.

 

 

Indeed, not all heroes wear capes and fancy costumes. Most of the time, superheroes are people that extend untiring love and those who are willing to sacrifice for the people they value — whatever it takes.