COVID19 Samaritan | Estelito Ignacio’s free trike service

Estelito Ignacio is not much of a tricycle driver. But he owns a legit tricycle which is registered with the Municipality of Mamburao. He makes use of it to move around his merchandise being a one-man army trader in his own way.

Then comes Covid-19 pandemic. People’s movement were limited. Mass transportation was suspended. But since he’s dealing with food stuff, aside from buying necessities, Estelito Ignacio to hit Mamburao roads either to deliver his goods or to pick them up from supplier.

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Estelito Ignacio, Jr. of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

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Through enough, his business didn’t escape the disturbing reality of community quarantine. With everyone’s arrested economic activity, his sales dwindled as well. But the situation gave him more than he asked for. An opportunity to be of service to others.

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Estelito (middle) with Dennis Datu (right) of ABS-CBN News.

With mass transportation kept at bay, people found it hard to get a ride back home whenever they go downtown to buy things for their family. This is when Estelito Ignacio fulfilled his calling to serve his fellow Mamburenos.

He would give a free ride whenever possible.

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He’s also making making bagoong with his own twist.

He are some of his Samaritan deeds posted at his Facebook account along with description.

April 21, 2020. Yun una picture naisakay ko kanluran hinatid sa may shed bukana dapi, pagbalik ko second picture sa may tapat tyo Pucas Paguio na bahay sinakay ko uli hanggang loob ng Dapi, nainterbyu ng konti at sabi nya umaga pa lang wala pang kain naalis na ng bahay para magtinda ng gulay na inangkat o posyentuhan lang sya aniya habang nangingilid ang luha. Pagbaba ko kapitolyo at doon na ako dumaan nakita ko na naman si ate first picture at naglakad na naman at hinahanap si kuya hanggang makita na namin sa may kanto ng Cuatro. Hindi po lamang covid19 ang nakakamatay, pati po heat stroke. Pang apat na si ate sa naihatid ko ngayong araw na ito sa Dapi. Shout out po sa Brgy officials ng Payompon, baka po may maganda kayong game plan na magawang solusyon para sa inyong mga kaBaranggay…!

April 28, 2020. Alas tres pasado ng hapon, maglalakad na naman sana pauwi ng Sitio Sawmill Brgy. Balansay Mamburao. Nakita ko sa tapat bahay namin at agad hinatid pauwi sa kanyang pamilya galing sa paghahanapbuhay. Hanggang kelan kaya maglalakad itong taong ito pag hindi ko natyempuhan maisakay.

PS: Hinatid po ng walang bayad, muli sa pangalawang pagkakataon…!

April 30, 2020. Saan po kayo ang tanong ko, sa Sinambalan ang sagot nila. Sa hulo o dulo na po ng Sitio Dapi, Payompon Mamburao, Occ. Mindoro po ito. Muli hinatid ng libre at tiktik na ang araw at may mga dala at maglalakad ng ilang kilometro pauwi sa kanila, hindi daw po sila napasama sa mabigyan ng SAP ng DSWD, makibalat na lang daw po sila ng mais para magkapera. Ganun pa man, ako po ay nagalak paghahatid ko sa kanila dahil nabalikan ko ang lugar na kung saan isinasama dati ako ng Tatay namin para mamuti ng mangga at mamutol ng kawayan at sa ilog padadaanin pauwi ng bayan sa lupain ng aming lolo, former Mayor of Mamburao Hospicio Agpalo Pacal. Sana naman po sa susunod na bigayan ng ayuda ay mabigyan na sila, malaking tulong po iyon sa kanilang pamilya. Keep safe and God bless po…!

At some point, some would criticize him for posting photos of his deeds. Other claim he’s only trying to gain popularity as his prelude to be able to run again in the next election.

Estelito Ignacio ran once for a Sangguniang Bayan seat in 2019. He lost in that election. At one end, he served as SK Chairman of Brgy. Uno for two terms (1993-1996 and 1996-2006).

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Pineapple for sale at his tricycle!

But as an active netizen, he said he’s letting the world know what he’s doing to encourage everyone to do the same thing – to be of service to fellow Mambureno.

Oh, by the way, Estelito Ignacio is a big fan of his wife Raquel. And for that, he helps her sell her beauty products by posting and sharing them as well at his Facebook account.

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Beauty products being sold by Estelito’s wife which he regularly share at his Facebook account.

In any way possible, no matter how big or small, helping others is what we are expected to do during this time of pandemic. It can make a difference.

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This series is an attempt to recognize individuals and organizations’ efforts in helping the community in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic in Occidental Mindoro. Politicians are being excluded.

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