Alejandra Guillamon sweeps the Malacañang grounds in this file photo.
Beldad Gandalao has been working in the Presidential Secretariat Office for 32 years already.
He started as a messenger in 1984 and now he is a special assistant in Malacañang Press Corps.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Alejandra has witnessed the transition of six Philippine presidents and has remained in service as a sweeper at Malacañang grounds.
From five thousand pesos a month in 1986, now, her monthly salary is 11, 500 pesos.
Ike Barellos has married and has raised a family in the eight years of tending the Palace garden.
They are some of the employees at the official residence and Office of the President of the Philippines.
Though their salary is not that much, they choose to continue working in the palace to sustain their daily needs.
And now that a change in administration is fast approaching, they also anticipate the transformations it will bring.
“We hope for an improvement in the government. We hope no regular employees will be kicked out. We hope they will look on the performance of an employee if he or she does his or her work well,” said Gandarao.
“Of course someone should feel proud if he or she works for the president of the country,” said Mrs. Alejandra.
“Here at least, our income is not so small. It is just enough to raise our family and I’m a regular employee until I grow old,” Barellos said
The regular employees in Malacañang are willing to cooperate with the 16th President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
However, Malacañang employees are also hoping that the next president will be able to give them appropriate benefits for their rendered service.