On June 24, Pilipinas in Action gave out 10 bicycles to residents of Quezon City as part of our Buy-A-Bike program for frontliners and essential industry workers. Let’s get to know some of them, and find out how their new bikes made a difference in their lives:
Analyn Corros, 45, and a solo parent, works as a utility staff in Pasig. When ECQ was imposed, she had no means of transportation, which led her to borrow a neighbor’s bike. Upon returning it, she relied on walking from her home in Cubao to Ortigas Avenue, where she would try to hitch a ride with passing cars and military trucks. On her unlucky days, she’d have to walk a total of 3 hours to get to and from work. This was how it was for her, until she received her new bike. Now, she can get to work and go home to her child, a 10th grader, without having to walk long distances nor relying on strangers for a ride.
Analyn shares this similar story with Gilbert Bustilla, 23, and Romulo Silawan, 25, both young fathers who are also breadwinners for their family. Gilbert lives in Novaliches and works for a Business Processing Outsourcing company in Cubao. His normal commute was riding a jeep and a UV Express. During the lockdown, with no transportation or company shuttle available, he had difficulty getting to work. He described his daily travails as, “sariling sikap para makapasok.” With the bike he received, Gilbert said this will not only help him get to work, but will also keep him healthy.
As for Romulo, who works in Caloocan City, he was unable to report for work at all because the distance was nowhere near walkable. With the time he’ll spend travelling to work, he was also worried about putting his health at risk. The bike he received gave him a means of mobility, which he said was a blessing for his family because he could now go back to work.
The stories of Analyn, Romulo, and Gilbert are only a few of the many lives that our bikes have helped transform. They illuminate the Filipino’s spirit of perseverance and determination despite the ongoing pandemic. Let’s help more of our kababayans get back on their feet by giving them the freedom to move and to pursue their dreams for themselves and their family.