CATBALOGAN, Samar (PIA) – One PWD who thinks he can still make it big in the city as a welder is joining other 24 Matuginao welders to Hanjin Subic.
Rixon Antero, 22 from Matuginao, Samar was born physically normal like his siblings.
But fate challenged him when he was still a year old. His father had him on his back while trekking to their remote farm. Suddenly, an assailant sprouted from nowhere hacking his father with a sharp bolo. In the scuffle, he emerged bloody with his two tiny feet chopped off. What is worse is that the criminal escaped, nowhere to be found.
But the child grew up like his normal playmates. The disability did not deter him from doing physical activities like a rural lad.
“Nakakabasketball ngani ako,” he proudly beamed.
But of course he admits, he cannot stand long hours.
When Matuginao Mayor Melissa dela Cruz enlisted his neighbors to the shielded metal arc welding under the Bottom Up Budgetting Program it partnered with TESDA, Rixon was also there to be included.