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Untangling wires, uncovering opportunities

Eduardo S. Guzman Jr. owns a reputable electrical and general merchandise store in Poblacion Norte, Maddela, Quirino. Although small, it has garnered attention, making him one of the more known suppliers and electrical workers in the area. However, his journey into becoming a businessman involved lots of untangling, not just of wires but of life’s challenges in general.

Eduardo married Jennifer Terilyn Guzman and is a father of two. The couple are doing what they can to sustain their lives and their children’s studies as they traverse the vast world of business management.

For more than a decade he worked for the government as a driver and an office employee. But soon came a trial as he got in trouble with the law. After being captive for a month, he went back up to his feet and looked for a job but to no avail.

Kahit saan ako pumunta [ay] ayaw nila akong tanggapin. Kahit janitor lang sana [ay] ayaw pa [rin akong tanggapin],” Eduardo said of his experience looking for a job after his brush against the law.

Eduardo’s turning point came when he completed an electrician training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 2017. He was on training for 60 days until he graduated from the program, ready to apply what he learned.

For some time, he worked as an electrician with his fellow laborers. They were contracted to fix or manage the wirings of various establishment in their town. In 2019, he applied for the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), specifically under the Starter Kit Projects.

He did not wait long to receive the equipment he requested. “Noong natanggap ko ‘yung mga materyales, mas napadali ang trabaho,” Eduardo says during an interview with a team from the DOLE-Quirino Field Office (QFO). He says that the assistance from DOLE tremendously affected his livelihood, from his profit to an increase in the number of clients. His day-to-day journey of looking for anyone who needs electronic fixing grew into an established business — Ondong’s Electrical Products and Hardware Materials.

Yung trabaho na nagagawa namin ng four to five days, ngayon two to three days na lang naming nagagawa nung meron na [iyong] mga materyales,” Eduardo added.

Itong pagtatayo namin nitong negosyo namin [ay] parang isang sugal,” Eduardo says, noting how he put up a business in the middle of a pandemic.

Eduardo’s wife Jennifer stated that the business was slow in the first few months but hope was not lost specially every time someone, however few and far between, buys from their store.    

Their merchandise is a big step to Eduardo’s family and his fellow electricians as their varied linkages led to them supplying for electrical needs of various customers, their good work leading to good word-of-mouth and other subsequent projects.

Other than the merchandise he and his wife established, his fellow electricians also benefitted from the livelihood. Eduardo proudly shares that he had formed a group of 14 electricians. Their pay is allocated by Eduardo whenever they are contracted for a project.

Omer Respicio, one of Eduardo’s electricians and a long-time friend, stated that he has always been a companion of Eduardo, seeing the potential in the latter to succeed as an electrician even when others did not. Respicio has been working for Eduardo’s projects for more than two years.

His fellow electricians also see the generosity of Eduardo. Aside from providing them employment during hard times, working under his supervision is a source of additional income. He also loans the tools they lack for them to be able to work properly.

A regular costumer of his, a teacher in a private academic institution, stated that the services of Eduardo are outstanding. The prices and services set them apart from other establishments and individuals that offer the same products.

He admits that with the business at hand, it has become easier for him and his wife to provide for their children’s needs, especially in school. He was also able to buy more materials, get to build their own house, and purchase a motorcycle which he uses at work for shipping materials and as a service to reach his project sites.

Ang laking tulong talaga ng ibinigay ng DOLE dahil may progreso ang trabaho namin. Maraming, maraming salamat po,” Eduardo says in closing. ###

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