The crowd is full of expectant constituents. It’s an important event and the City Mayor walks up in front to deliver her message. She takes the microphone and begins to speak. It doesn’t work.

Suddenly, a tiny figure comes running from the crowd. They laugh. He shyly takes the microphone from the mayor’s hands, and with urgent and knowing moves, he makes it work. And with the same quick, little steps he disappears back into the crowd.

Julius Sardoma has been tiny all his life. At 22 years old, he only stands 4 feet. However, small as he is, he always has a ready smile and is friends with everyone in the workplace. He exudes such a sunny disposition you’d wonder if he ever gets sad.

Julius grew up in a poor household. The 7th among eight siblings, his father was a carpenter and his mother a housewife. With a lot of mouth to feed, their family struggled to make ends meet. He realized early on that if he wants a better life, it was up to him to get himself an education.

In his search for ways to earn money, he taught himself electronics in high school. At first he tinkered with cellphones; then, he moved to fixing radios, electric fan, and other home appliances. Soon his classmates and neighbors became his clients. The little money he earned he would spend as his allowance.

This new found interest and the little earnings he would make gave him the confidence to pursue electronics in college. At a local state university where the tuition fee was affordable, he took up the three-year course Bachelor of Industrial Technology.

Never stopping in looking for part-time jobs, Julius came across the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). In 2013, when he was 18 years old, he applied to the program and was qualified.

For three years until he graduated in 2016, he would spend his summers working as a SPES beneficiary in the city government.

At first he was assigned at the Trimedia section. On his second year, he was assigned at the sound system section. This is where he found his calling.

“I was really happy because I was able to use my knowledge in electronics with the sound system,” he enthused.

And true enough, at every LGU activity where good audio was needed, he was there with his team eagerly preparing and making sure everything is working well.

His enthusiasm for his job didn’t go unnoticed.

The LGU employees, whom Julius have become friends with, and the city mayor herself, noticed his potential and gusto for his job. As a government entity that serves the public, everyone knew they needed people like Julius.

And so, after his stint in SPES, he was accepted as a Government Internship Program (GIP) beneficiary. He was again assigned at the city government, and what better job to give him than in the complicated yet important consoles of the audio system.

Soon, Julius has become a common fixture at every LGU activity. Where Julius is found and music is playing well in the background, the LGU audio team is nearby.

At the end of his internship, the city government was not less than impressed with his performance. As a result, they offered him his position as a Job Order employee.

Today, Julius Sardoma is the important little man of the LGU. Whenever his team’s service is needed, he was there working hard with a smile.

Asked if he has a dream he wants to achieve, he said, “I am already living it. Who would have thought that a little man like me would have a shot in the government? They gave me a chance so I want to prove my worth.”

Julius has been working in the city government as a Job Order employee for two years now and  plans to work on his eligibility next.

“The department has always been welcoming disadvantaged young people in availing our programs like SPES and GIP. And to know that our government partners like LGU Tacurong is doing the same, it’s a productive partnership between us,” said Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano.  End/A.Freno