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27-Year-Old OFW Inspires with Photos of House, Farm She Bought after 2 Years Working Abroad

For many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), their monthly salary while working abroad is just enough to pay for the family’s debts and everyday needs – and some even end up in deeper debt as their families upgrade their lifestyle, thinking that they are now rich because of their OFW family member.

Thus, it is always refreshing to hear stories of OFWs who actually get to pay off their debts, build a house for their family, and invest in a business or other means to grow their money even while working abroad.

On KAMI, the story of a 27-year-old OFW went viral after she shared photos the house and farm she was able to buy in the 2 years that she worked abroad.

The OFW, identified as Charies Joy, works in Saudi Arabia. But in the 2 years that she worked abroad, she was able to build a house and buy a farm for her family. This impressed a lot of netizens who are so used to stories of OFWs becoming deeper in debt and turning to Raffy Tulfo for help against their cheating spouses back home.

Thanks to the efforts of Charies Joy and her honest, loyal husband, they were able to build this beautiful home for their family. Their two children are still young, but they are working hard to provide them a better future.

Photo credit: KAMI

“Charies Joy – DH sa Saudi Arabia, 27 year old, may dalawang anak sa Pinas 2yrs and 2montns na po akong nag tatrabaho dito. Dati akong Sales lady sa isang motor parts at naisipan kong mag abroad kase gustu kong magkaroon ng sariling bahay at sariling lupang sakahan. Hirap kase kapag nakitera lang sa parents ng husband walang sariling bahay.

Mabuti naman at mababait ang amo ko at mga anak niya. Ngayon untiunti ng natupad ang mga pangarap ko. My bahay na po kami sa Valencia, Bukidnon at may sakahan na ng Mais. Tulungan lang kami ng asawa ko.

Mahirap paniwalaan na nakapagpatayu na agad aq ng bahay masakit marinig sakapwa ko ofw na baka may ibang kababalaghan ang nangyayare imposeble daw. Pero kong masenop kalng 1year sahud worth of 240k wala otang.

Dagdagan pa ng mga kapitbahang mong chismosa sabihan kapang seguru kabit ito ng amo niya kahit anong sabihin mo kong hindi mopa matry maging ofw hindi mo mramdaman ang pagiging masenop at madeskarte sa buhay. Iba na kase ang panahun ngayun tagumpay mo ikinagagalit ng kapit bahay at naging motivation ko lahat ng masasakit na salita para mag ipon para sa pamilya.

Sa lahat ng ofw na katulad q sa mga may asawa sa pinas maging masenop lang tayu wag masyadung magastus. Hindi madali ang buhay ditu pagud gutom kolang sa tolog hindi ren namin nabibili ang gusto namin dahil inoona namin ang nasa pinas para sa asawa at anak. Tiwala lang, yong mga pagsobok na domarating ipag dasal lang. Ilagay si god sa center sa buhay niyo isipin niyu kong bakit kayu nanditu.

Sa mga relatives nman wag kayu hingi ng hingi kong ano2x bag sandal damit cp hindi po mall ang trabhu namin ditu nasa bahay po kami hindi sales lady. At this coming December owe na ako in God’s will hangang ditu nlng.”

Her story is proof that OFWs can truly improve their lives and have a better future…

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Kind Customers Give New Shoes to Delivery Rider with Damaged Pair

With the enhanced community quarantine implemented across Metro Manila and Luzon, stories of hope and kindness reverberate with great joy on social media. Just like the kind customers who gave new shows to a Lalamove delivery rider who wears a damaged pair.

Delivery Rider with Damaged Shoes

Rachel Julian shared the story of how she had a very difficult time finding a rider to deliver cat food to her boyfriend, Gabriel Wynn Bugtong. Zac, Gabriel’s cat, was already low on cat food but they are not sure how she could bring the items to his house.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Living in Pansol, Quezon City, Rachel had a very difficult time finding a delivery rider who can get the items from her house for delivery to Caloocan. She spent many hours trying to book with various apps, even offering a bonus for any rider who would accept the offer. But no one did for several hours.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Hours later, someone from Lalamove finally accepted the booking, a rider named Reynaldo Manlapaz. When the rider arrived at their house, however, Rachel immediately noticed that his shoes were damaged.

Eto yung shoes ni kuya, kapag gumagalaw siya parang may pakpak yung sapatos sa gilid at nakanganga na din,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Good Samaritans Give New Shoes

When the rider left, Rachel quickly told Gabriel about the damaged shoes. She was surprised when he immediately offered to give the rider a pair of shoes. What’s so nice is that Gabriel actually offered to give his Adidas shoes, a pair that he had only used on a few occasions and was actually just bought the previous year.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

It was almost good as new! When Kuya Renaldo arrived at Gabriel’s house, he was surprised to find that the young man also had a package for him – and it fit him perfectly! Awesome.

Later that night, the rider’s son texted to thank them for the shoes.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Lesson learned: appreciate EVERY little thing na meron tayo at wag maghanap ng wala o higit. Minsan kung ano pa yung napakaliit na bagay para sa atin o nagagawa natin, yun pa yung nagmamarka at napakalaking bagay sa ibang tao. 🖤🤍 My heart is so full!!!” Rachel wrote.

Lalamove delivery rider
Photo credit: Rachel Julian / Facebook

Can I Ride with Lalamove?

Lalamove is an on-demand logistics company. It helps people deliver goods faster by booking a rider to pick the item/s that will be directly delivered to the recipient’s location instead of getting processed at the delivery service shop and delivered the next day.

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Teacher Praises Boss, Says Company is Small But Cares for its Employees

Amid the many difficulties that workers face during the lockdown, stories of heroism and kindness from individuals or groups have surfaced. For example, a big company offered an impressive package that wowed netizens, including 1 month worth of grocery items, rice, and other benefits.

Company Benefits

But even smaller companies have stepped up and helped out their workers. Recently, Juanito C. Balundo posted pictures of the relief goods that his company offered, with each pack of groceries showing a Php500 bill attached.

Photo credit: Juanito C. Balundo / Facebook

Despite their company being small, Balundo said they still received something – and that meant a lot to them. A teacher, Balundo did not name the company but netizens are also offering praise online, agreeing with him in call to bigger companies to step up and help out their workers in this time of need.

“HINDI MAN MALAKI ANG KUMPANYA NANG BOSS NAMIN, MALAKI NAMAN ANG KANYANG MALASAKIT SA AMIN… How much more doon sa may malalaking kumpanya galaw galaw din. It’s time to show your care to them..huwag puro gamit sa tao ha…” the teacher wrote.

company benefits
Photo credit: Juanito C. Balundo / Facebook

Financial Assistance from DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has earmarked a total of Php1.3 billion in financial assistance for 250,000 Filipino workers have temporarily lost their source of income due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

This program covers employees in private establishments affected by COVID-19 beginning its onset last January up to the last day of the lockdown on April 14, unless extended.

Regardless of employment status, the one-time, non-conditional financial assistance equivalent to P5,000 will be given to affected workers in lump-sum.

Take note, however, that the financial assistance will be processed directly by the companies; thus, the affected workers don’t have to visit the DOLE office. Instead, companies are asked to submit the complete documentary requirements online to the appropriate DOLE Regional Office or any of its provincial/field offices.

The following requirements should be submitted to DOLE:

  • Establishment Report on the COVID-19 pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9 Series of 2020
  • Company payroll for the month prior to the implementation of flexible work arrangement or temporary closure

The DOLE will inform the company through email whether the application is approved or denied. For approved applications, the financial assistance will be sent directly to the beneficiary’s payroll account through bank transfer within 2 weeks upon receipt.

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Vendor Gives Away His Taho to Frontliners at Valenzuela-Meycauayan Boundary Checkpoint

In this time of difficulty as the world struggles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, stories of hope and love have become an inspiration to many who worry about what the future might bring.

Generous Taho Vendor

As a taho vendor, he is not rich. Yet Mang Boyong has a heart of gold as he gives out his taho to the frontliners who are manning the checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary.

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

On March 20, Mang Boyong went to the boundary, not to sell his taho but to give this out to the frontliners who are at the border. When asked why he was doing this, since he would surely lose his income for the day, Mang Boyong explained that he has been selling taho for 27 years in the Valenzuela area. He wants to give back to the frontliners who are keeping the area safe.

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

Mang Boyong also said that in the many years he worked selling taho, he understands that it is difficult to be overfatigued from lack of sleep. With these frontliners being on duty overnight, guarding the border, he wants to help them regain some strength with the only he can think of – giving them nutritious taho.

Praise from Netizens

The heartwarming gesture went viral, with many netizens praising Mang Boyong for being kind and generous to these frontliners.

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

It is so much more special when even ordinary people share! Generosity shines!” one netizen commented.

Pag palain ka ng Lord manong. Di ka mayaman pero may puso ka mag bigay 👏👏👏🖒 I-bless ka ng Lord sa ginagawa mo kabutihan, God bless u,” another wrote.

What is Taho?

vendor gives free taho
Photo credit: Hannibal Talete / News5 Features – Facebook

Taho is a popular snack food in the Philippines made from fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal (syrup from sugar), and sago pearl.

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