Online Filipino worker who evacuated continues job despite unfavorable conditions

Image via Soraya Villa Panganiban | Facebook ; Canva
  • An online Filipino freelancer continues to work despite being displaced because of Taal Volcano eruption
  • She put up a tent at the seashore and brought her work station inside
  • Soraya looked at the brighter side of her situation imagining her stay there as just having a vacation

The Taal Volcano eruption has displaced a lot of residents, affected schools and businesses from their operations. Many workers temporarily stopped reporting to work to prioritize their safety and evacuation.

Image via Soraya Villa Panganiban | Facebook

But this is not the case for an online worker named Soraya Villa Panganiban.

In an FB group Online Filipino Freelancers, she shared how her resilience has got her going despite being affected by the tragedy.

She said in her post, “You can’t stop me Taal Volcano. Maglupage ka na riyan pero magtatrabaho pa rin ang Batangueña na are. Sayang ang dolyares eh, pandagdag sa pang donate sa mga nangangailangan.”

Soraya posted a photo of her inside a tent together with her two laptops. That is her work station for the meantime.

“Wala po kami sa evacuation center, nasa kamag-anak, eh may mga uuwi at gagamit ng kubo nila kaya sa tent muna ako. Tabing dagat are, kaya masarap hangin dine, “ she added.

Her husband and their two kids are staying in the tent because her aunt and their family will be occupying the hut. After the weekend, they will transfer to the hut. Her kids had stopped going to school since the Taal Volcano ashfall.

But for her, work goes on. Her client knew what they are going through but she said, “ ‘Di naman ako nilumpo ng pagputok ng bulkan. Hangga’t kaya ko at may signal, magwowork ako. Ayoko ng paawa erffect.”

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Soraya even looked at the brighter side of her setup. She’s imagining that they are just having a vacation because their tent is fronting a beach which, according to her, is so refreshing.

“Nakakaantok nga kasi ‘yong tunog ng hampas ng alon sa dalampasigan ang sarap pakinggan. Tapos bago ako matulog eh kita ko na ang bukang liwayway. Sarap pakinggan.”

She is married with two kids and had been an online worker for 10 years now. She has been into a lot of challenges over the years but her resilience and dedication to her job remains the same.

Great job, Soraya! Your client is lucky to have you.

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