By Jinky Tabor
VIRAC, Catanduanes – The mayor of Tabaco City in Albay has taken under her wings 26 laborers, who were headed home here but were kept from traveling any further at her hometown because of the ongoing enhanced community quarantine being implemented in Luzon.
In reports reaching this town, an Elavil Bus bearing the laborers was making its way to Legazpi from a construction job in Daet, Camarines Norte, when it was stopped at a checkpoint in Tabaco City.
Together with two hitchhikers, whose journey was to just get to Legazpi, the laborers had hoped to make it all the way to Catanduanes.
But the checkpoint at Tabaco City wouldn’t let them get any farther.
According to Tabaco City Krisel Lagman, she had wanted to send the 28 passengers back to Daet, but they pleaded for her not to because the company they were working for will not shoulder their board and lodging.
Realizing that the laborers were already considered persons under monitoring (PUMs), Lagman decided to extend the city’s hospitality to the troubled laborers.
She decided to put them up at the Tabaco National High School for quarantine, and said that they will be sent home once sea travel is allowed to Catanduanes.
Tabaco City will shoulder their accommodation needs while the province of Catanduanes will be sending for provisions for their food.
The bus was later sent back to Daet, and the driver advised not to pick any passengers.
Lagman added she will have other refugees picked up where they are currently housed in different parts of Bicol, and will be brought to the same school being the designated quarantine area of the Tabaco City.