Forty three (43) Bicolano workers who were stranded in Metro Manila since the start of the Luzonwide lockdown are now enroute to Albay after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine and securing required clearances from the provincial government.
Ako Bicol (AKB) party-list Rep. Elizaldy S. Co said the workers, who sought temporary shelter at the Redemptorist Church compound in Baclaran, Paranaque City, were finally allowed to go home after weeks of coordination with local authorities.
Aside from free transportation courtesy of Misibis Bay Resort, AKB provided each worker with food packs to share with their respective families.
Upon hearing of their plight two weeks ago, Rep. Co personally visited the stranded workers in Baclaran to bring relief goods and financial assistance. He thanked Church officials for their generosity and for taking care of the Bicolano workers and other Filipinos who have nowhere to go during the lockdown.
“Today, I’m happy to share the good news that our stranded ‘kababayans’ will soon be reunited with their families. I thank the workers, too, for their cooperation and full compliance with strict infection control measures while we at AKB were making all the arrangements and seeking necessary approvals to send them home safely,” Co stressed.
The Bicolano solon also expressed gratitude to Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara and all concerned local government units for graciously approving border passes to facilitate the non-stop trip as required by government safety protocols.