Instead of staying at home and let time pass him by, 71-year-old Crisostomo Guda, Jr. opted to look for a job to keep him busy. He fortunately landed on a job as a traffic aide at “Bantay Estudyante,” a local traffic unit formed by Valenzuela City External Services Office (CESO) for senior citizens.
Lolo Crisostomo is the oldest of the 124 seniors who completed three-day training on traffic management and first aid rescue procedures on June 27.
Together with the new members of Bantay Estudyante, they will be deployed to their respective posts on Monday, June 30. They shall be seen near all public elementary and high school campuses in the city.
The senior traffic aides are only required to work during the opening and closing of classes. They shall follow shifting schedule too.
Cynthia Aquino, daughter of Lolo Crisostomo, shared how her father showed enthusiasm of the new employment opportunity. She recounted in Filipino, “During their training, father would often leave the house at 6:30 am even if their session starts at 8:00 am.”
Lolo Crisostomo’s assigned post is at Marulas Central Elementary School, which is within walking distance from their home. He is thankful of the new job because apart from earning a living, he can also ensure the safety of his grade five, twin grandchildren on their way to school.
During his younger years, Lolo Crisostomo used to work as a Purok Leader in Barangay Marulas. His several years of government experience made him want to return to public service despite his old age.
When he learned about the new traffic task force that Mayor REX Gatchalian was forming for the senior citizens, he did not waste a minute to submit his application to CESO.
He underwent health screening along with all the aspiring senior-applicants that time. They took medical and physical exams to ensure that they are still fit to work considering their age. Those who passed the health examination proceeded to training and were later employed.
Netizens say that it is uncommon in the country to give employment opportunities for senior citizens and so they are happy that the City Government of Valenzuela found a way to help the elderly who are still able to work.