66-year-old lolo gets job as call center agent after 12 failed applications

MANILA, Philippines – A grandfather has gained praises and became an inspiration to many after he proved that age is just a number when you are determined to land a good job.

66-year-old Willy Batucan showed everyone that senior citizens still have a shot at working in a BPO company despite his age. Lolo Willy's story was first shared by online seller Therez Causing, who was surprised when she found out that the working table Lolo Willy bought from her was for his BPO job.

Will Batucan is a proud call center agent
Willy Batucan is a proud call center agent at the age of 66 | Photo Courtesy: Willy Batucan

“I was thinking it’s for his niece … sabi niya he’s working at a call center, tapos sabi niya 66 years old siya. Sabi ko, wow,” she said.

She posted about their transaction on social media, and it immediately went viral.

"He’s already an icon for me. I wish that computer table would give him so much luck and opportunities as it did to me," Therez added.

According to Lolo Willy, he has been a call center agent for seven years for an international account. He admitted that applying for the job wasn't easy but he didn't give up despite over 12 rejections.

Now, Lolo Willy is doing well even in the work-from-home setup due to the pandemic. He said he believes, "Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda."

Lolo Willy said his determination and willingness to work is what motivates him to work hard. "Pero sa puso’t isipan natin, andun pa rin ’yung lakas at ’yung willingness ko na kailangan kong magtrabaho," he said.

His colleagues can attest to Lolo Willy's dedication. His officemate Cedric Valdehueza also has praises for his work ethics. He shared, "Uncle Wil is a person that is passionate toward his work because for more than a year of pandemic he’s actually working at the office unlike us."

In the end, Lolo Willy hopes the government and the private sector would not close their doors to senior citizens who are still able to work. He said, "Kung merong willingness ang tao na magtrabaho, dapat merong paraan din sana ang government natin kung paano makapagbibigay ng trabaho."

— The Summit Express

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