Single parent: Driving an Uber has helped me provide for my son

'Hahanapan kita ng paraan, anak.'
by Jason Tulio | Jun 17, 2017

There’s a good chance that your dad works harder than you think to give you the best life possible. He might not always say it, but he only wants what’s best for you and for you to achieve more than he ever could. 

Take Edgardo Rovillos, for example. For Father's Day, Uber Philippines recently held a small gathering to honor the efforts of fathers who support their families by driving. As a single parent, Edgardo cites his 13-year-old son as his reason for braving traffic every single day.

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Kung wala lang akong anak, hindi ako mag-Uber. Tatambay na lang ako. Mabubuhay din naman ako. Ang problema, iniisip ko ang anak ko--kailangan niya mag-aral at kailangan may makain, he shared.

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Due to life’s difficulties, Edgardo raised his son to always keep his wants in check. He said: “Napalaki ko [ang anak ko] na alam niya wala kaming pera. Sinasabi ko lagi sa kanya, 'Pag pupunta tayo ng mall wag ka magtuturo [ng mga bibilhin].'"

Despite being separated from his son’s mother and lacking a college diploma, Edgardo was determined to provide for his son. “Sabi ko, ‘Anak, magtapos ka. Kung gusto mo ng magarang kotse, mag aral ka ng mabuti. Ako ang bahala, ako ang mag-provide. Hahanapan kita ng paraan,'” Edgardo said.

He initially ran a t-shirt printing business, but it proved to be a difficult venture due to tough competition. He eventually heard about Uber and decided to become a driver. With his sister’s help, he was able to secure a bank loan for a car.

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By slogging through long hours as an Uber driver, Edgardo has become more financially secure and finally has money to spare. Now when he takes his son to the mall, he’s able to buy him what his young heart desires. Still, his proudest achievement as a father and provider took place at school.

Though Edgardo was tired from being on the road, raising money for his son’s tuition, the young boy begged his father to attend his graduation ceremony. Little did the exhausted father know that he would climb the stage three times that day to see his son receive some medals.

“Lahat ng hirap, lahat ng pagod ko sa kalye, yung init, lahat ng reklamo ng mga rider, tanggal lahat nung binigay niya sa akin yung mga medal na yun,” the Uber driver said, beaming with the pride that only a proud father could ever understand. 

So go ahead, give your dad a big hug. He deserves it for all his hard work, and it'll mean the world to him.

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Happy Father’s Day from the TGP family!

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