Magdalino “Onkol” Borces, a man with deformed arms and no legs earned praise from netizens because of his dedication as a traffic aide. His condition never stopped him from being dedicated to his job, working under the heat of the sun and even under pouring rain. In fact, he was featured on Front Row where he gained praise from netizens.
According to Definitely Filipino, the 59-year-old traffic aide lives and works at Barangay Kasambagan in Cebu City, central Philippines. Without a family to support except a niece who helps cook his food and wash his clothes, Tatay Onkol is happy with the Php2,000 ($40) salary he receives every month.
Magdalino’s relatives also provide him with food so he can manage to save half of his salary in the bank in case of emergency. He works from 6 AM to 6 PM but he is primarily needed only during rush hours and gets two breaks each day so he could have rest.
Moreover, Tatay Onkol rides a customized tricycle which was modified so he could use his good hand to move the pedals. He directs traffic from his post, above the customized platform and because he uses a traffic glove, many do not notice that he actually has a disability.
The chief traffic enforcer and Barangay Captain Franklyn Ong, they helped Tatay Onkol because he was patient, hardworking, and smart. They were pleased that he earns some money in the job while also solving the traffic problem that hounds the barangay.
“Gusto ko magtrabaho. Ayaw ko ng istambay. Tutulong ako sa mga tao, kasi traffic aide yung posisyon ko,” Tatay Onkol said.
“May mga motorista, [nakikita] nila sa trapik, walang kamay, walang paa, naawa sila sakin. Sabi ko sa kanila ‘OK lang. OK lang po.’”
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