Female padyak (pedicab) drivers could not help but cry when Vice President Leni Robredo surprised them with a visit in Rodriguez town, which is also known as Montalban in Rizal province.
Robredo met seven pedicab drivers of the Lakas ng Kababaihan (LNK) —Montalban so she could personally turn over her office’s livelihood aid to them.
She held a surprise meeting with the group of women on February 2, but her office only shared a video on her official Facebook page on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The three-minute video featured Robredo talking to the women, who shared their inspiring stories of supporting their families through sheer hard work and perseverance.
“Bakit ka umiiyak (Why are you crying)?,” the vice president asked.
One of the female drivers responded: “Masaya lang kami, ma’am, na nakita ka naman ulit (We are only happy, ma’am, that we you see again).”
The seven represented the 72 members of LNK-Montalban in line with social distancing measures.
Robredo said they have been working as pedicab drivers since 2004 to make ends meet. Most of their husbands were construction workers, she added.
In the video, a woman said she chose to work as a pedicab driver to send her children to school.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has been supporting various communities and sectors in need nationwide through livelihood subsidies.