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Jack of Kidapawan: Learn to be responsible as you age

Jack, 32, earns up to P300 per day working as a security guard. It is “sakto lang (just enough),” he said, to support his 25-year-old wife and their three-year-old kid. He can’t complain, too, since he knows “mga guards sa Gaisano (a mall in the city) earn less.”

He wasn’t always a security guard, having worked odd jobs in Manila, among others. But Jack said he needed to settle down “atong na-minyo na ko (when I got married).” Because for him, “tuon ug responsibility kung tigulang na (you have to learn to be responsible as you age/grow older).”

There are still times when Jack wants to do better – e.g. work for PNOC, where a guard’s salary could go as high as P500 per day. He knows he has to be realistic, however, since “kinahanglan man gud backer (you need someone to back you application there).” And so even as he still attempts to apply based on his merits, “trabaho ra ta (we just work),” he said. “Himuon ang mahimo aron mabuhi (You do what you can to survive).”

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