/ 29 July 2020

COMPUTER shops inside the Polytechnic University of the Philippines were among those badly affected as schools opted to use flexible learning schemes starting this school year due to the threat of Covid19.

Over the weekend, computer shop owners started pulling out their respective stalls and preparing to leave the PUP vicinity which has become a second home to them the past several years.

Evelyn Borbon-Del Mundo, one among the shop owners at the PUP, shared a video of them dismantling the stalls inside the campus, with the hope of resuming her business venture outside of the school premises.

Del Mundo got emotional as she remembered her 12 years of stay inside the university compound, reminiscing her moments with students and co-vendors alike.

“For almost 12 years since 2008 ay nakalulungkot talagang isipin na hindi na namin madidinig ang dating napakaingay at nagmamadaling mga estudyante na nagpapa-print, gumagawa ng assignments, magpapa-picture, magpapa-xerox at bibili ng school supplies,” said Del Mundo.

“At lalo na ang samahan at pagkakaibigan na nabuo rito sa West Wing ng PUP Main building.” she added.

Del Mundo also thanked the school administration as the computer shop business helped her support her children with their college education.

“I will be forever thankful to the PUP because of this opportunity to have business with them ay napagpatapos namin ni Elmer ang mga anak namin,’ she stressed.

In the video, Del Mundo was caught talking to other vendors and saying, “Totoo na ‘to,” while walking through the West Wing showing empty computer tables and deconstructed wood frames.

“Ayan na po ang West Wing, wala na pong estudyante,” the shop owner said as she closed the video.

Del Mundo ended her post on a positive thought, as she’s looking forward to returning to the PUP in what she called… ‘better times.’

“This will not be the end of everything, ‘till our next chapter at PUP… see you all soon,” she said, as she bade farewell to her peers.