Female tricycle driver inspires online community: ‘Pag tamad ka, nganga ka!’

In the Philippines, it's not typical to see a woman driving a tricycle. Usually, when you say "tricycle driver," people immediately think of a man. But as time passes, gender stereotyping in jobs and tasks is gradually breaking down. If men can do it, women can do it too.

Netizens admired a female tricycle driver who posted her photo in an online community for tricycle drivers and passengers.

Female tricycle driver inspires online community
Photo courtesy: Melanie Maravilla Arela via Tricycle Group Philippines Facebook Group

In her post, Melanie Maravilla Arela, a member of the "Tricycle Group Philippines" on Facebook, conveyed the disparity in earnings between her job as a tricycle driver and those in air-conditioned offices. She highlighted the distinctions between their work environments and the standard 8-hour office shifts. She is a working mom.

“Barya lang daw kinikita ko sa pag Tricycle🤭 Yes tama po kayo..☝️ Barya lang talaga kumpara sa mga naka aircon.🥶 Iba kasi ang trabaho namin kumpara sa mga pumapasok ng 8 hrs/day.! Eto ang literal na kailangan mong kumilos para kumita, 💪🏼Pag tamad ka NGA NGA ka.🥺,” she said.

“Naka depende sayo kung gusto mong mag ulam ng tuyo o pag uwi mo ay may bitbit kang masarap na ulam para sa pamilya mo.🤗 Kung wala kang pambili ng bigas at ulam bumyahe ka.”

She gave a message to people who belittle or discriminate against certain jobs.

“Kaya sa mga nang mamaliit sa ganitong trabaho.☝️ Konting RESPETO naman po Dahil di nyo din alam kung gaano kahirap bumyahe ng tirik ang araw or malakas ang ulan at pakipag patintero sa malalaking sasakyan sa kalsada maihatid lang kayo sa inyong pupuntahan. ☝️Kaya sa mga tropang Tricycle Driver dyan. BIG SALUTE sa inyo. Habaan natin ang pasensya natin sa mga taong mapang mata at mapang husga. Mahalin natin ang trabahong nagbibigay satin ng masaganang pagkain sa lamesa ☺️☺️”

Kudos, Melanie! You are truly an inspiration to all women and mothers!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express


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