Warlito Tumpap, fondly called as “Tatay Amboy”, was struck by polio when he was three years old. He lost his legs to the disease and has been living his life with this disability.
However, he did not let this disability dictate his life’s path. Instead, he persevered and showed everyone that he could support himself despite his limitations.
Tatay Amboy is a mechanic who single-handedly runs his vulcanizing shop located along Doña Josefa Llanes Escoda National Highway in Dingras, Ilocos Norte for almost a decade. He would earn P250-P350 on an ordinary day; and this amount will be spent for their family’s everyday expenses, which include meals, toiletries, electricity, and his children’s baon.
“Maraming klaseng (customer). May mga magagandang loob, merong ‘yung kung maari, hindi sila mag-bayad kasi kung minsan sabihin ko ‘yung bayad, ‘Ang mahal naman!’ Ginagano’n pa ‘ko,” he said.
Before he was able to establish his vulcanizing shop, he ventured into different sorts of livelihood sources within his community.