Updated: Sep 24, 2022
On April 26, 2021, the Philippines unfortunately reached a new milestone for the number of COVID-19 cases in the country which totaled to 1,006,428. It was stated in an article that “the Philippines is the second worst-hit country in South-east Asia [sic], after Indonesia, which has over 1.6 million Covid-19 cases.”
However, despite the many COVID cases and dangerous health risks, there are still people who remain optimistic when it comes to their everyday hustle at work.
Lorena Angeles or Ena, a previous messenger and utility clerk, is currently working as a warehouse and delivery assistant at the International Sanitization and Protection Suppliers (ISPS). She was the happiest when she was promoted to this position after being with the company for 8 months and she expressed her liking for it.
“Syempre masaya at nailagay nila ako sa position ko na warehouse assist and delivery at nakatanggap ng award sa ISPS,” Ena said.
(Of course, I am happy that they put me in this position as warehouse assist and delivery and even received an award from ISPS.)
“[Pinili ko yung trabaho] upang ma-share ko at ipamahagi ko ang aking kakayahan sa kumpanyang pinapasukan ko,” she added.
([I chose this job] so I can share my abilities to the company I work in.)
Her daily work involves going to the bank to deposit, encash, or withdraw large amounts of money and processing documents for the accounting department. Sometimes when drivers need an extra hand, she gets called to drive and pick up warehouse stocks or employees.
All out for safety
But just like everyone else, Ena also goes through challenging times because of her job. She shared that her work sometimes required her to go to the office at dawn and there were also instances that she had to deliver equipment or product orders to far places. Her solution to handle these pressures are time management and relaxation.
“Nag-adjust ako ng time para mapadali lahat ng lakad ko at maayos ang pagplano ng mga delivery + pick [up] lahat ng mga sa banko. Ako ay nagrerelax muna para makapag-isip ng tamang trabaho at maiwasan ang pagkakamali.”
(I adjust my time to make my responsibilities easier and to coordinate my delivery and pick up plans at the bank. I relax to have a clear mindset at work to avoid committing mistakes.)
Adding to her hardships is the global pandemic that continues to pose health risks to the Filipino public. Unwavering faith and proper health protocols are Ena’s defense against COVID-19. To counter her fear of the viral infection, she prays, takes care of herself, and always wears a mask with a face shield whenever she is outside.
“Nagdadasal ako lagi at lakasan ng loob sa trabaho; kahit mahirap kinakaya ko.”
(I always pray and strengthen my courage at work; even if it’s hard, I endure it.)
She also gives this as advice to others who are feeling hopeless because of the COVID situation; pray, stay at home, and wear a face mask so you don’t catch the disease. She suggests making use of online businesses so people could earn for a living in the new normal.
“Hiling ko lang sa Diyos na sana mawala na ang COVID at walang magkasakit na mga tao lalo na sa pamilya ko.”
(I ask the Lord for COVID to be gone and for no one, especially in my family, to get infected.)
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