Charity work is indeed habit-forming. This was proven by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) riders, led by Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante, who visited Barangay Graceville in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, on their motorbikes.
The group brought with them food packages that contained canned goods, instant noodles, rice (5 kilos), face masks, raincoats, and more. The event was in line with the anniversary celebration of this military unit this month.
Durante, who was accompanied on a separate bike by his wife Helen, said he was surprised to learn of the growing number of lady tricycle riders in the area. “Thirty-three years na ako sa military, 10 years ako na-assign sa Mindanao—mostly conflict area. Subalit wala akong nakitang babaeng namamasada ng tricycle,” says the PSG commander.
Fifty-one lady tricycle drivers from the different barangays of this city received the PSG contingent at the multi-purpose gym at Barangay Graceville. According to Durante, the Ride for a Cause charity program started in Arakan, North Cotabato, where a group of PSG members was ambushed by armed men four years ago. Seven members of the contingent were wounded in the attack. “Bisita ko yung lugar at kinausap ko ang mga residente dun,” he said.
This was followed by another humanitarian effort in Tanay, Rizal, also led by PSG riders.
Aside from promoting riding safety, Durante is advocating motorcycling in the women’s sector for added mobility and a feeling of independence. In fact, he facilitated the riding skills training of lady officers who joined him during the charity ride.
Durante said he discovered the practicality of using a motorbike when the government started enforcing the quarantine policies in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces.
Barangay captain Elmer Cano thanked Durante’s group for the ayuda: “Malaking bagay po ito sa mga tricycle driver na doble-kayod ngayong panahon ng pandemya.”
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