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MMDA traffic enforcer in viral photo hailed for kind act

Posted at | Updated as of 03/16/14 9:01 PM

MANILA -- A traffic enforcer was widely praised by social media users after a photo of him giving food to a street child was posted on the social networking site Facebook.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer Reynaldo Umano was photographed giving food to a child under the Tandang Sora flyover at Quezon City.

The photo was taken by Mar Cheri Galvez, who uploaded it on Facebook. It gained a huge number of likes and shares on the networking site.

It was reported that Umano only had P30 left with him when the child asked him for food, but he spent all of it to buy food and drinks for the child and his sibling.

"Yung magkapatid po, lumapit sa akin sa Tandang Sora, naghihingi ng pagkain. Ang tanong ko sa kanila, kako, '3:30 na, di pa kayo kumakain mula umaga.' Ang sabi sa akin ng kapatid, opo, hindi pa raw. Ang sabi ko sa kanya, hintayin niyo ako sa gitna, tatawid lang ako, bibili ako ng pagkain," Umana told radio station DZMM on Sunday.

"Pagtingin ko sa pitaka ko, may trenta pesos pang natira, bumili ako ng kanin, sampung piso. Sampung pisong pancit, sampung pisong tubig. Nung tumawid ako, pinakain ko yung magkapatid," he narrated.

Umano said he does not know Galvez but hopes to meet her someday.

He also said he did it on his own accord.

"Tinanong sa akin kung bukal sa kalooban ko yung pagtulog. Bukal sa kalooban ko 'yung pagkain dun sa bata. 'Di ako naghihingi ng kapalit," he said.