MANILA -- If given a choice, MMDA traffic enforcer Reynaldo Romano wants his wife to go back to the Philippines to take care of their daughter.
Romano's wife has been working as a caregiver in the United Arab Emirates for a year.
In an interview on DZMM's "Sakto," Romano, who became popular after his picture helping a young girl went viral on Facebook, explained that because of his job, he has to entrust their daughter to one of his neighbors.
"Kung pwede pong umuwi na lang siya rito, umuwi na lang siya para may mag-alaga sa anak namin."
Romano said that it was his first time to see a street child begging for food.
Because he has a daughter of his own, he has a soft spot for children.
"Noong nakita ko po yung maliit (na bata), nanghihina na yata sa gutom. Tumawid na lang at nanghingi ng pagkain, kaya binigyan ko."
He also wishes to meet the person who posted his picture online.
Romano has been working with MMDA for 12 years. He started as a member of the sidewalk clearing operations group before he became a traffic constable in 2011.
The MMDA is now considering Romano's employment status, as he has yet to be regularized.