Every day, Tatay Cristito wakes up at 3 a.m. to get to work at 4 a.m., where he is exposed to all sorts of risks and health hazards.
He is a garbage collector, a job most unglamorous and hardly well compensated, but it doesn’t matter. He wants his kids to finish their studies and he will everything he can to be able to do so.
It’s not always easy. “Mahirap, kasi marami akong anak. Pero kahit mahirap, kinakaya ko. Minsan wala kaming makain.”
In April, he witnessed one of his kids graduate college. Jenny Rose Quimado successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Technology.
She echoes her father, saying their situation is difficult. “Minsan, pumapasok akong walang baon...pero nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos na siya ang tatay ko kasi marangal ang trabaho niya. Wala siyang ginagawang iligal.”
Her pride of her dad amuses her Tatay Cristito. “Pagtinatanong ng tao, ‘Anong ginagawa ng tatay mo?’ Sumasagot yan, ‘Basurero!’ Hindi siya nahihiya,” Tatay Cristito smiles.
Jenny says she wants to be able to bring her father to good restaurants, buy him nice clothes. “Gusto kong ako na ang magta-trabaho[para] ako na lang ang magpapa-aral sa mga kapatid ko,” she finishes her litany of plans of how to show gratitude to her father for his hardwork.
#SalamatPa | Amang Garbage Collector napagtapos ang anak ng College
4/ 5Oleh BNP Correspondent