Filtered By: News

Tricycle driver in Manila appeals for food assistance amid banned trips

Many workers in the informal sector find it challenging to stay at home amid the Luzon-wide community quarantine because their families will go hungry.

According to a report by Darlene Cay in GMA News' Unang Balita, tricycle driver Darwin Lorenzo was one of them.

A father of nine, he continues to work at the streets of Manila despite the suspension of public transport facilities.

"Anong kakainin namin? Saka tanggap naman po namin. Ang problema lang po namin, walang supply na dumarating mula sa barangay," Lorenzo said.

He stressed that he would be willing to stay at home if only his family would be assured of food aid.

"Kahit na isang buwan pa iyan, basta may supply ng pagkain ayos lang sa amin," he said.

The local government vowed to give assistance to affected tricycle drivers.

Eight barangays at Zone 4 in Tondo, Manila have been locked down since Wednesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The whole Luzon region is also under an enhanced community quarantine. — Dona Magsino/RSJ, GMA News