Jomar is only 19, but he’s already been working for “pila na ka tuig (many years now),” he said. Before his latest job as a security guard, he was a house helper. Neither jobs, he said, pays “dako (big)”, though he’s happy that he gets just enough anyway.
A month’s take home pay reaches P5,000 – “ingun lang ikabuhi (enough to survive),” he said.
No, he has no plans to go to school to be able to get a degree that will allow him to consider more job options. Because for him for now, “pasalamat ra sa grasya (be thankful for the graces),” he said. “Pasalamat gani naay gikita (Be thankful I’m earning).”