Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of businesses and private institutions experienced massive losses as they were forced to shutdown for the time being, to help stop the rapid spread of the virus.
Private schools are among those greatly affected by the crisis, especially because the start of the school year was moved from June to August. A lot of private schools just could not afford to pay their teachers while they aren’t earning any income due to the lack of students.
Christian Joshua Arambulo is among the teachers affected by the crisis. The 23-year-old teacher had been working at a private school but received a much lower pay amid the pandemic.
He lives with his mother, grandparents, and an aunt. But when his mother lost her job due to the crisis, the senior high school teacher became the breadwinner since he already lost his father some time ago.
Knowing he can’t find a job as teacher at the time being due to the crisis, Arambulo decided to work in something that can still provide him a steady stream of income despite the pandemic.
Early in the morning, Arambulo would prepare food to sell as breakfast, going around the neighborhood to sell the breakfast items. By 7AM, he would cook fried chicken which he would also sell at a nearby office building and at the public market.
When the food gets sold out, he heads off to the public market to work as vendor at a meat stall.
“Passion ko ang pagtuturo pero mas nananaig ang pangangailangan eh. Mahirap umalis pero kailangan pong gawin,” Arambulo admitted.
“Kailangan nating maging flexible, maging handa sa pagbabago. Maging positibo sa buhay at patuloy lang na magtiwala sa Panginoon.”
Thankfully, he earns a good income with the jobs he is doing, though he still prefers being a teacher and would readily go back to the profession he loves once there’s an opportunity for that again. For now, he is doing his best as vendor.
“Torn po kasi ako between passion and pangangailangan. So sa ngayon po mas nanguna sa akin yung pangangailangan. Nakita ko po ‘yong hirap ng nanay ko eh. Nakita ko po kung paano siya gumigising ng madaling araw lalo na po noong bata pa kami. Gusto kong masuklian ‘yon,” he explained.
Arambulo earned admiration from his boss, Leonardo Dela Cruz. Despite being a teacher, Arambulo remains humble and does not mind working hard at the public market, doing anything his boss tells him to do.
“Matiyaga siya eh. Lakad siya nang lakad talagang nag-aalok siya. Talagang ginagampanan niya yung pagtitinda. Kahit anong iutos mo, napaka-humble niya. Hindi siya namimili ng trabaho kaya hindi ka maaasiwa na utusan siya,” said Dela Cruz.
Kudos to this admirable teacher! Watch his story here: