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Prodie Padios - Red Deer Advocate

Prodie Padios is a Certified Reflexologist of Filipino descent. Before he migrated with his family here in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada in 2006, he used to work as Literary Editor of the Manila Bulletin, one of the leading publications in the Philippines. In 2011, the Government of Canada granted their Canadian Citizenships with his family. He is currently working as Circulation Carrier Supervisor of the Red Deer Advocate. You can e-mail him at ppadios@reddeeradvocate.com

Advocate paper carrier becomes a millionaire

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“In spite his fate is not as providential like his Filipino friends, especially in getting their permanent residencies here in Canada, he is still remained appreciative with the great opportunities the Canada government had given to him…”

Do you believe that one of Red Deer Advocate paper carriers became a millionaire by delivering papers and flyers—as his definitive noteworthy consolation in failing to get the approval by the Canada Immigration regarding his application to become permanent residents, he and his family, here in the first world country?

Mr. Milionario (real name withheld), through his earnings as paper carrier, bought house and lot and provided his family livelihood projects manages by his wife in the Philippines.

“I sent all my earnings as paper carrier to my wife in the Philippines,” Mr. Milionario, an Overseas Filipino Contract Worker or OFW of a certain Red Deer company that export/import meat, disclosed. “My wife and I invested our money to a house and lot worth one-million pesos, bought two tricycles, and put up a sari-sari store.”

In the Philippines, tricycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle with a side-car licensed to earn a living by transporting people, commodities, goods, and/or other aquatic and agricultural products from one place to another and/or from farm to market.

While Sari-sari store is a small store with varieties of merchandises, most significantly for daily living, such as rice, canned goods, noodles, spices, coffee, sugar, coffee mates, candies, chocolates, and other daily prime commodities.

Mr. Milionario has been a paper carrier before the early morning deliveries imposed by the Red Deer Advocate more than two years ago.

According to him, he earns at least $1,300.00 a month as paper carrier, and if he send this amount to his family in the Philippines, with the rate exchange of Canadian dollars into Philippines currency (pesos), let’s say, P42.00 against $1.00, he has roughly P54,600.00 monthly already.

For a year, as carrier alone, he earns P655,200.00 more or less; multiplied into two and a half year (of his services since he started) equals P1,638,000.00 more or less.

“Since I started delivering papers, we saved lots of money and if we combined all my earnings, excluding my salary as contract worker here, we have almost 2-million pesos already!” Mr. Milionario said.

He said that he does not want his earnings to go futile that is why he and his wife decided to invest to real property, for his family’s livelihood projects, and most especially saved for their kids’ educations.

“So far, with the proper management by my wife who stayed alone with the kids in the Philippines, our lives elevated from poor family to where we are now,” he said exultantly.

What motivated him to invest in the Philippines, the fact that if he and his family members will become permanent residents in Canada in the future, they will definitely leave their wealth in their native land?

Mr. Milionario, like the other OFWs, applied his family members (wife and three young children) and himself to become permanent residents here in Canada more than three years ago, but denied because he committed a criminal offence.

“The traffic enforcers caught me down driving while intoxicated,” he said. “The alcohol in my blood was exceeded almost thrice to the allowed 0.08 percent.”

He reminisced that they went to a bar in Capri Hotel (now, Sheraton Hotel) with his Filipino friends to celebrate the birthday of his co-worker that particular week-end. With their respective lady partners, they were joyously drinking and dancing.

“It was a payday, and the birthday celebrant told us that we don’t have to worry about money for the celebration,” he said. “He declared to us, ‘sky is the limit!’”

Mr. Milionario should not drink that night because he used his own car to get into the bar with his drinking buddies. In short, he was their “driver.”

He admittedly knocked back couple of cans of beer mixed with brandy. With a couple of round-robin shots only, since he is not really a drinker, he got intoxicated immediately.

“We should hire a cab, but one of my friends insisted that I have my own car, why should we pay for the taxi in order for us to go home?” he said. “I reasoned out that I’d prefer to leave my car in the parking area rather than to be caught by the traffic enforcer, but my friends told me that we would only catch by the policemen if I committed a car accident.”

He said they did not realize that that particular wee hour, there were lots of policemen cordoned the 32 Street and other primary thoroughfares of Red Deer to catch the drunk drivers, and unfortunately, he was one of the traffic rules and regulations violators.

His car and driver’s license were confiscated, got the corresponding fines for his first offence, and paid $1,000.00, and was prohibited to drive at least six months.

He was also obliged to undergo a rehabilitative course/program on driving for quite some times, and after that, he was required by the Alberta Transportation Safety Board to install an Interlock device in his car for a year to detect him every day to make it sure that he would not violate again.

“I got my lessons, and regretted for it, especially when I spent hefty fines in undergoing for the Impact courses, as well as for the installation and using the Interlock device for a year,” he said. “Ever, I will not drive anymore while drunk!”

Mr. Milionario said that when he finally got back his driver’s license, and can drive again without the Interlock device, he judiciously received the result of his applications to become permanent residents, he and his family members, here in Canada.

As one of the requirements in fully getting their permanent residencies, his application must be signed by a Canada Immigration Officer. By appointment, he can go at the Immigration Main Office in Calgary, but it will take a long time to wait.

In order for their passports and permanent residency applications be signed faster by a Canadian Immigration Officer, as most of the permanent resident applicants do, Mr. Milionario and his friends went to the boarder of Montana, USA and Canada to exit.

“As one of the requirements, we needed to exit from Canada to the boarder of Montana so that our passports, and our applications for permanent residency here in Canada would be signed by a Canadian Immigration Officer at the said boarder,” Mr. Milionario said.

All his Filipino friends’ passports have been signed with approval.

Unfortunately, when his turn to let his passport and application be signed, he was denied because the authorities found out that he committed a criminal offence (driving impairment) in Canada.

He should have been deported immediately but he pleaded to the authorities, and was given the chance to go back to Canada.

His Employer granted him a new LMO to continue to work as contract worker with them, while his criminal offence pending case is under scrutiny.

His contract with his Employer will be until March 2013, and he can possibly get another two years renewal as contract worker.

But he is not planning to renew anymore, unless their papers for their permanent residencies application will be reconsidered and finally be approved by the Canada Immigration.

“That’s the primary reason why I was motivated to earn lots of money here and invest it to the Philippines,” he revealed. “If we are not given the opportunity to stay here as permanent residents, and eventually become Canadian citizens with my family, at least we saved already for my family’s future and educations for my children.”

Even his fate is not as providential like his Filipino friends, especially in getting their permanent residencies here in Canada, he is expressing his gratitude to the Canada government and his employer in giving him the opportunity to work as Overseas Filipino Contract Worker here in the Land of Opportunities.

“I am thanking also my carrier supervisor, and the Red Deer Advocate for giving me the great opportunity to work with them as paper carrier,” he said. “If not, our life with my family is not as well-to-do as these days.”

He is not closing his door yet, though, that one day, the Canada Immigration will reconsider and in due course approve their permanent residency application.

“I paid for the consequences for being a violator, regretted, and promised to reform and become a very responsible and law-abiding citizen already,” he said. “My huge bonus—and I really appreciate it—if the Canada Government will give me clemency and finally grant our permanent residencies with my family…”

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