Sad Reality. In the Philippines, thousands of elderly citizens need to work beyond their 60's just to survive. This is quite true in the case of the 85-year-old man who lives in the southern part of the country.
A concerned netizen uploaded a photo of an 85-year-old farmer who needs to walk a couple of miles just to sell his vegetables. The elderly citizen is allegedly left with no other option but to sell "Patola" or popularly known as sponge gourd.
In his everyday life, the vegetable vendor has to travel to other remote villages for him to find some customers who are willing to buy his goods.
The man identified as Efepanio Bacus lives in a small town of San Jose, Maniki, Kapalong, Davao Del Norte. This area lies outside the commercial centers in that province.
What was the point of the netizen who shared the photo of the man on Facebook?
There are two things that the netizen would like to achieve, (1) to call the attention of the local government officials to give a better livelihood program for the elderly individuals in Kapalong, Davao del Norte and (2) the netizen would like to steal the attention of other kind-hearted people for donations.
Take note, this vegetable vendor was recently a victim of theft. When that incident occurred, his wife reportedly accompanied him to sell their newly harvested Patola in the nearby villages allowing the thief to vie time in stealing their old cooking pan and pots.
The simpliest help that you can do is to share this post so that once the message reaches the local town officials of Kapalong they can immediately provide assistance to the poor farmer.
If you happen to meet this old couple, we suggest that you buy all of their vegetables because they badly need money to survive. Sharing some of your blessings to them won't do no harm to you. Remember, these folks are not planning to build malls nor any large stores. They are struggling to survive!