Having a hard time earning money amid the COVID-19 crisis, one dad decided to barter his chickens for a phone his four children can use for online school. Admiring his determination, many netizens offered to help them out.
Rommel A. Enriquez, 46, from Barangay Carolina in Naga City, Camarines Sur, is father to four boys, all of whom are still in school. He used to sell fruits with his wife Joy Janet Felix, 39, but the crisis affected their income a lot.
The four boys are incoming Grades 2, 7, 8, and 10 at Carolina Elementary School and Carolina National High School. Though the family chose modular distance learning for all four kids, Tatay Rommel knows that the children would still need a gadget to let them communicate with their teachers and take photos of some assignments.
“Modular [learning] po ang gagamitin ng school [nila], ngunit kailangan pa rin ang [cellphone] sa mga quizzes or exams, at sa ibang subjects,” Tatay Rommel explained.
“Naawa rin po kasi ako sa mga anak ko kung wala silang magagamit sa pakikipag-komunikasyon sa kanilang mga guro. Nagsasalit-salitan po kami upang makakonek sila sa (group chat) ng bawat grade section dito sa [phone] ko, anim po na account ang ginagamit.”
So, Tatay Rommel thought about trading his chickens to a second-hand Android cellphone through Facebook group Naga City Camarines Sur – Barter Community. Because they didn’t have extra money to use as fare, he added that the barter is only for pick-up.
The post went viral, with so many people offering to help the family in every way they could. Some offered money, saying that they could come up with a minimum amount for the family to buy cellphones for the kids. Others offered to give their old yet still serviceable gadgets to these kids for free.
There appeared to be some who offered new gadgets for the kids. After receiving so many offers, Tatay Rommel had to refuse many of them. He explained that he will only accept what the kids needed and simply told the other prospective donors to give the items to other kids who also needed assistance.