A famous writer Amelia Earhart once said that “women like men should try to do the impossible for a woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune”.
This inspirational adage is exactly what Jenny Jane Basubas is living right now.
Jenny is a member of set 5 Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and a parent leader handling 32 member beneficiaries. She is happily married to Ferdinand Basubas and was blessed by four children namely Jefferson, Jennifer, Jasmine Jane and Jerwin Jake.
As a parent leader, she is active and vocal on concerns and needs of her group. Her leadership skill is very evident as she takes initiative in every activity of the program.
As a mother, she knows that family life is not that easy as it may seem to be. Reality bites that she needs to make an extra effort to cope with their daily needs. Apparently, her husband’s income is not enough since his earning as a tricycle driver is not constant due to health constraints. Most of the time, her husband cannot fully concentrate on his job because of his recurring asthma.
Despite such adversities in life, Jenny opted to take it as a challenge in making her family’s situation better. She decided to enter into an unfamiliar realm, a realm dominated by men as she chose to be a tricycle driver. She does not mind if this job is for men, for her it is not about her gender that matters but rather the welfare of her family and the future of her children.
Not minding of the risk in the nature of her job, still she chose to continue not just because it is her means of earning money but also the happiness she gets in transporting her passengers safely to their destinations. A mother’s heart indeed.
As an additional income, she set aside a portion of her daily income from tricycle driving to start a small business. From the small earnings, she ventured in cooking leche flan, tocino, longanisa, embotido and kakanin which she sells during her spare time.
At the end of her busy day in the road, she returns to her home and to her kitchen back to her primary role, a supportive wife and a loving mother to her children. A mother, whose heart travels, willing to cross the unfamiliar road to success. ### By Melisen A. Taquiqui, PDO II – Isabela
Source: DSWD FO II