by Isabela Page
The power of netizens’ goodwill once again created a buzz when two traffic enforcers of the Cagayan de Oro Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) were given surprise Christmas gifts by random social network individuals. The gift giving was initiated by Angels in Disguise Network (AID CDO), a local group that gives aid to any random individuals. Many times, they have been discreetly doing charitable works, except this particular gift giving as the move was inspired by the viral photos of the traffic enforcers doing their job under the threat of thunderstorm and heavy rains brought about by a Low Pressure Area (LPA) last December 15.
Traffic enforcer Edwin Gamutan was already on his way to pick up his son right after his shift ended, when he noticed the heavy traffic at Velez area brought about by the heavy rains. Instead of going home immediately with his 10 year old son, he went back to work and manned the traffic which delighted the furious locals caught in the heavy traffic. The kid was on the side soaked in the rain but he was not surprised of his dad’s selflessness. Gamutan has been in the RTA for 2 years now. Netizen Ruby Cadigal posted these viral photos on Facebook.
While 40 other RTA personnel were also busy manning their respective posts, traffic enforcer Gary Sanoria was assigned at Claro M. Recto-Corrales junction where the heaviest traffic that night was recorded. He too didn’t leave his post and continued to do his job without raingears. This writer was one of those who appreciated his gesture of not leaving his post despite the threat of the worsening weather that night. Hazel Castro took his photo and thanked him thru her FB post.
AID CDO in the spirit of Christmas, called on for social media friends to take part in the surprise gift giving. In a matter of 2 days, heartwarming responses poured in. On December 23, in the presence of the City Mayor Oscar Moreno and RTA heads Atty Egay Uy and Engr. Nonito Oclarit. Gamutan and Sanoria received the gifts from generous donors: Black Elegance Mags Models gave cash for each, Leigh Rox (cash), May Salvana and Jade Adaza (grocery), Mike Banos (clothes), Loretos KTV (gift check), Gean Tulang-Cesar (appliance) and Brgy 21 chair Gigi Go gave a bike to the 10 year old son of Gamutan. Mayor Oca also handed out grocery basket to each one of them.
AID CDO will be in close coordination with the local RTA heads for long term projects in the future. Local media gave value to the story in the spirit of Christmas.
photos courtesy of Gean T. Cesar