On a good day, Dalumpines brings home about P300 ($6), only a 10th of what he used to earn when he was still a tour guide in the volcano island.
Then, each tourist would pay P500 ($10) for a horseback ride to the crater. With half a dozen horses, Dalumpines used to earn P3,000 ($60) on some days, and even double during holidays.
"Mas mainam yung sa turista [kami nabubuhay] kasi nag-aantay ka lang doon tapos iaakyat mo lang sa bulkan tapos magkakaroon ka na ng pera," he said.
(It was easier when we still depended on tourism on the island because all we had to do to earn money was to wait for tourists to come, then take them up to the volcano.)
"Kung maganda at galante pa yung guest, nagbibigay pa sa amin ng tip," he said.
(If the guest is generous, we would even receive tips.)
Dalumpines said selling their family's 3 remaining horses is not an option for now.
"Naaawa yung mga anak ko. Parang kasama na kasi namin sa buhay yung mga kabayo," he said.
(My children have an attachment to the horses. We treat those horses as our companions.)
"Sila ang tumutulong sa amin noon... Lalo kapag walang wala," he said.
(They have helped us, especially when we had nothing.)
With his meager income as a tricycle driver in the mainland, 3 of his 5 children have dropped out of school. His 22-year-old son sails to the lake with his cousins to fish, while his 2 teenage children help their mother sell siomai (dimsum) at the evacuation center.
Dalumpines is still uncertain if he can afford to buy either a smartphone, a television or a transistor radio that will help his 2 youngest children, who are about to enter Grade 8 and junior high school, learn as the Philippines shifts to a distance-learning system.
"Talagang napakahirap. Wala naman kaming magagawa dahil sakuna ito," he said.
(These are very hard times. We can't do anything about it because it’s a calamity.)
"Bahala na ang Diyos kung ano ang buhay namin dito."
(Only God knows how we can live here.)