Today, the 23-year-old is at long last harvesting the product of his drudge: a school recognition with Latin distinctions.
In his barangay, Tan's principle work is to guarantee harmony and request, however his life is a long way from that. For one, he originates from a broken family. After his folks isolated, he, his dad, Jerry, and his kin moved to Cebu City from the place where they grew up of Alubijid in Misamis Oriental to look for greener field.
In Cebu City, the family was about vagrant, bouncing starting with one spot then onto the next somewhere around multiple times. They even used to remain at the slow down of his grandma at the Tabo sa Banay, a famous dry products showcase in downtown Cebu.
The family has no home right up 'til the present time. Tan and his dad are just incidentally taking asylum at the multipurpose lobby on the fourth floor of Kalubihan barangay corridor, utilizing a little seat to rest on.
As though things throughout his life were not sufficiently harsh, Tan lost two of his four kin to dengue.
Be that as it may, in the midst of the tumult, he unobtrusively mapped out his future, clutching an individual guarantee to one day give his family their very own place, the extremely same motivation behind why he took up building in any case.
His dad was employed as a lupong tagapamayapa amid the organization of previous barangay chief Carmilo Millan yet his pitiful honorarium couldn't send him to school. Before long, when work as a tanod ended up accessible in their barangay, Tan, regularly driving forward, caught the chance.
As a researcher, he was at that point getting P15,000 each semester from the Commission on Higher Education. Fortunately with his work as a tanod, he gets an extra month to month honorarium of P6,500, which he at that point uses to satisfy educational cost expenses running from P19,000 to P23,000.
In spite of the fact that he has been an achiever since he was a youngster, graduating as class valedictorian in basic and secondary school, Tan conceded that school life was unique.
"It's intense," Tan revealed to The FREEMAN in Cebuano in a meeting yesterday. "There are times when you can't resist however feel sluggish."
Tan's day by day schedule begins at 6 a.m. when he gets ready for school. He at that point goes to classes amid the day.
By 6 p.m., his day of work as a barangay tanod starts. He joins wandering watches, screens the shut circuit TV cameras in the barangay, composes blotting surface reports, and takes care of inhabitants in need.
Kalubihan barangay commander Rex Millan said Tan's accomplishment conveys pride to the barangay, particularly as he isn't embarrassed about his work as a tanod while examining.
"Kugihan gyud kaayo ni siya. Bisan og unsa among ipamalihug kay obligation siya sa gabii, mobuhat gyud. Dili moreklamo," he said.
Rosalina Durano, head of tanods, said Tan buckles down and does not think about additional time pay.
"Dili gyud na siya magkwenta sa oras og trabaho. Akong ganahan ana niya kay centered kaayo sa eskwela bisan og trabaho dad sa gabii," she said.
Tan, second most youthful among the barangay's tanods, wanders around Colon, Junquera, and segments of Carbon territory to capture pickpockets and other negligible offenders.
Tan knew about the dangers natural to his activity, particularly when he joins in capturing fiendish people. He is appreciative for his more seasoned associates who back him up, and as an indication of appreciation, he offers his accomplishments to them also.
By midnight, Tan at long last gets an opportunity to get his work done or think about for his tests. When he is free amid work hours, he looks at his notes, as well. Ordinarily, he answered to class denied of rest.
"There were times maka-question ko sa akong self, kaya dad ba nako kay focused on na kaayo," he said. The requests of school life turned out to be considerably all the more overwhelming in the last three of five years in school because of hard subjects and ventures that required a greater amount of his time and vitality.
'Work for your fantasy'
Tan used to be a competitor and longed for speaking to the nation in global rivalries. When he achieved fourth year in secondary school, however, his fantasy moved to turning into a structural specialist to construct a home for his family.
"I never experienced [how it feels like to have] a home. I need to realize how to construct my very own home. The reality nga multiple times na siguro mi naka-live og mga balay na dili amo-an, I never felt naa mi kaugalingong balay," he said.
After graduation, which will be seen by his mom from Mindanao, Tan will get ready for the board test in November. He additionally plans to keep filling in as a tanod, this opportunity to fund his survey.
As he walks down the path today to get his distinctions as a cum laude alumni, Tan leaves the adolescent with a recommendation:
"In the event that you have dreams to think about, seek after it. Neediness isn't an obstruction. Be strong and be certain. Try not to depend on your folks for help. Rather, you ought to comprehend their circumstance – kung kaya dad ba nila or dili.