|Ms. ReChelle Gangcuangco, a netizen, posted photos of Mr. Manuel Sison known as Lolo Manny Magpapayong from Bacoor City, Cavite who was also interviewed by GMA News TV.|
Today, information technology plays an important role in our society, especially the social media. Anyone can be famous with just one click. Anybody can sell and buy various stuffs in the internet and anyone can be an instrument to help those in need.
On June 22, 2016, Ms. ReChelle Gangcuangco, a concerned netizen posted a video and photos of an old man having a hard time walking while carrying a stroller. He is Manuel Sison, 71 years old, known as Lolo Manny Magpapayong, a senior citizen and person with disabilities (PWD) from Molino III, Bacoor City, Cavite. His job is to repair broken umbrellas, shoes and bags of villagers. Despite his old age and condition, he still continues to roam the streets of Molino, Bacoor because he needs money to provide for their daily needs and medical maintenance. In ReChelle’s post, she pleaded for any assistance that can help Lolo Manny.
|Mr. Ricky Martin V. Velasco, livelihood focal person of DOLE Cavite Provincial office awards the Php 10,000 worth of sari-sari store and fishball vending goods to the wife of Lolo Manny, Mrs. Elena Sison.|
Knowing how fast and sensational social media is, ReChelles’s plea was granted. On 18 July 2016, Lolo Manny’s story was aired at GMA News TV, under the program, Good News. Lolo Manny received a sari-sari store package, six (6) months supply of medicines and four (4) months rental fee for their residence.
Because of that episode, many was touched by Lolo Manny’s story, including one of the employees from DOLE Region IV-A. With the assistance from DOLE – Cavite Provincial Office (CPO), she exerted extra effort to locate and help Lolo Manny. When they finally met Lolo Manny, she immediately committed to provide livelihood assistance that can help him and his family.
On 26 January 2017, DOLE CPO delivered Php 10,000 worth of sari-sari store and fishball vending goods to Lolo Manny. However, we were informed that Lolo Manny passed away last October 2016. It was a very heart-breaking news but with the strength shown to us by his wife, Ms. Elena Sison, we were positive that this grant was Lolo Manny’s legacy for his family.
His passion and dedication will be remembered forever. He is a true example that hard work really knows no age. May we always live by his words:
“Kailangan talagang magsikap habang kaya pa ng katawan. Maghanapbuhay ng marangal at magtiyaga sa paghahanapbuhay. “ – Lolo Manny Magpapayong
Ma. Angelique E. Yaun/Myrose B. Basila
DOLE Cavite Provincial Office