SHS Teacher Temporarily Works as Vendor to Support Family Amid Pandemic

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A senior high school teacher temporarily works as vendor to support his family amid the pandemic. He earned praise after his boss expressed admiration over his humility at his work despite being a teacher.

Christian Joshua Arambulo, 23, works as senior high school teacher at a private school but when the pandemic hit, they received lower pay because there are no classes. This is something experienced by many teachers in private schools across the Philippines because schools are also losing money due to lack of enrollment.

Photo credit: Christian Joshua Arambulo / Bayan Mo, Patrol Mo

He already lost his dad and his siblings already have families of their own. Since his mother lost her job and they live with his grandparents and an aunt, he knew that he had to do something so they can survive amid the crisis.

Instead of wallowing in grief, Arambulo found a job as vendor at the public market. He also sold breakfast items early in the morning and fried chicken. By lunch time, he goes to the public market to help sell meat at a stall.

Photo credit: Christian Joshua Arambulo / Bayan Mo, Patrol Mo

While these side jobs are difficult and are so different from his profession, Arambulo does not mind as long as he can earn some money to help feed his family.

Passion ko ang pagtuturo pero mas nananaig ang pangangailangan eh. Mahirap umalis pero kailangan pong gawin,” he explained.

…Kailangan nating maging flexible, maging handa sa pagbabago. Maging positibo sa buhay at patuloy lang na magtiwala sa Panginoon,” he added.

Photo credit: Christian Joshua Arambulo / Bayan Mo, Patrol Mo

What truly amazed netizens is that he remained humble throughout the experience. His boss praises him for his humility, saying that even if he’s a teacher by profession, he does not mind doing hard work at the public market.

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 Leonardo Dela Cruz, his boss.

Photo credit: Christian Joshua Arambulo / Bayan Mo, Patrol Mo

During the pandemic, it is difficult for him to find an extra job as teacher due to schools being closed for the meantime. But if given the chance, he would willingly go back to being a teacher.

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