A 12-year-old boy went viral after he was spotted using a pisonet computer to enroll himself in school.
In a Facebook post, Peter Salire De Guzman shared his encounter with the child, an incoming Grade 7 student named Jhonel Agner Adaryan.
Peter thought Jhonel was playing online games, but to his surprise the boy was filling up enrollment forms.
"Nahihirapan siya kasi hindi niya maintindihan 'yung mga nababasa niya. And siya lang mag-isa instead na kasama 'yung parents niya," Peter said in Mariz Umali's report for "24 Oras."
Saw this kid just now 8:30 in the evening Sa Pisonet Shop in front of our house. Akala ko naglalaro lang ng computer...Posted by Peter Salire De Guzman on Tuesday, June 23, 2020
When Peter saw that his time was running out, he decided to give him five pesos for extra time on the pisonet computer. He also helped Jhonel finish up filling the form because the barangay tanod would be roaming around to check curfew violators.
He found out that Jhonel has no budget for internet and data, no access to a mobile phone, computer and tablet. His parents are separated and he lives with his father, a construction worker who lost his job due to the quarantine.
"Naawa ho ako sa anak ko. Kasi syempre 'yung iba na ano niya di ko naman maintindihan eh," said Joel, Jhonel's father. "Kaya sabi ko, 'Nak, ikaw na lang mag-ano sa sarili mo basta ako nandito lang ako, suporta lang ako sa iyo.'"
Jhonel said he dreams of becoming a police officer one day so he could help solve crimes. He is ashamed to ask for help to buy gadgets, but he said it is important to him to get an education.
"Kahit ganito lang buhay namin, kaya ko pong mag-aral ng mabuti," he said.
Peter, meanwhile, already paid an installation fee to an internet service provider and is planning to offer free wifi hotspot to students.
In another post, he said he received an overwhelming number of messages form people who are willing to lend a helping hand.
"We would like to let you know that we are not prepared sa pag distribute po ng mga kagamitan na pwedeng magamit sa pagbabalik eskwela ng mga kabataan," he said.
"But if this is really our calling. Kailangan po natin ng enough na manpower at assistance to make it happen. My friends and I can are really willing to help," he added.
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