I had to get to the office. I have a lot of things I need to get done… a couple of articles, some pictures and other files to send, etc, etc…
What amazed me was a street cleaner on my way to a waiting shed earlier. Unmindful of the fact that there was a storm hanging over Metro Manila, and classes (as well as work in some government offices) have been suspended, she continued sweeping the gutters and sidewalks she was assigned to.
I don’t know if it was dedication or foolishness which kept her sweeping in a weather condition such as what we now have. But considering that street cleaners only receive a gross pay of anywhere between 3,500 Pesos to 5,000 Pesos a month (roughly around $87-$125/month), her pay would not be enough if she gets sick and sent to a hospital.
It was still admirable though that she trudged on. Her dedication far exceeds those who work in the air conditioned offices of government, get paid three or four times her salary, and yet pray that their department heads would declare a suspension of work today.
Yeah, I know, it’s a case to case basis. But I think that street cleaner, in her yellow raincoat, with her broom, sweeping the sidewalk under the rains of Juaning, has more love for public service, than some of our legislators who do nothing in Congress but be absent come storm or no storm.