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Freebis beneficiary battles aneurysm, looks forward to healthier lifestyle while earning in food bus

 

 

City of San Fernando, PAMPANGA, January 26, 2021 - Kimberly, or “Kim”, is eldest in a family of five children. At 11, she was diagnosed with aneurysm and started taking her maintenance medicines to lessen the risk of her condition. Now, because of her strong support system, and with DOLE’s assistance, she hopes to bike her way towards a healthier body and more sustainable living.

 

Kim, together with her mom who loves to cook, started a small food business in 2018 that caters to employees in their barangay. Being close to Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Maimpis, City of San Fernando, government employees including DOLE-III staff became her customers. She would usually list orders in the morning and bring her customers their packed lunch before noon time. 

 

In 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment launched the Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) Project under its Integrated Livelihood Program. This project was meant to ease unemployment by providing opportunities to workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Central Luzon, Kim joined 20 other beneficiaries who received their bicycle package on December 8, 2020.

 

Filled with gratitude, Kim said that the bicycle has been of great help in her small food delivery business. “Dati nagta-tricycle ako pag medyo maraming orders pero may iilang araw na maglalakad na lang ako para may kitain. Ilang buwan din nahinto ang pagtitinda ko dahil sa ECQ,” Kim narrated. (Oftentimes, I rent a tricycle if I have a lot of orders. On some days, I just walk to save on costs. During ECQ, I was not able to sell lunch.)

 

Because of her condition, Kim had to choose a healthy diet and lifestyle in addition to regular exercise. “Yung pagba-bike po, makabubuti daw iyon sabi ni doc. Masaya and thankful ako dahil sa binigay ng DOLE dahil makakatulong na ito sa hanapbuhay ko pati na rin sa aking sakit,” Kim mentioned. (According to my doctor, biking will be a good exercise for me. I am happy and very thankful to DOLE because this will help me do my job and battle my condition.)

 

Since her diagnosis, Kim has been very careful to minimize heavy work and stress to no longer increase the risk of ruptured artery. Because of this, she and her husband have been gifted with their now 5-year old daughter. “Blessing and miracle po talaga na nagka-baby po ako dahil sabi nila magiging complication yung aneurysm. Noong 8th month na pinagbubuntis ko si baby, naging critical pa ang condition ko dahil mangongorenta ang lagnat ko,” she explained. (It was a blessing and a miracle that I was able to bear a child despite possible complications due to aneurysm. On my 8th month of pregnancy, I was even rushed to the hospital because of a 40-degree high fever)

 

Kim is one of the millions of Filipinos whose jobs were affected due the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly a year of quarantine. With this, DOLE has provided different measures to alleviate the effects of a drowning economy by providing financial assistance as well as livelihood opportunities. DOLE’s CAMP, TUPAD, AKAP for OFWs, and Tabang OFW have only been some of the government’s responses to the affected workers. 

 

In light of the ease of quarantine restrictions and government vaccination program, the Department is hopeful that the economy will soon recover and rise together with the Filipino workforce.

 

END/ A. Cunanan








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