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URGE END TO QUARANTINE

Pedicab, trike drivers share a can of sardines and lockdown hardships


In Barangay 28 in Caloocan City, ten pedicab and tricycle drivers shared a can of sardines among themselves to assuage their hunger amid the Luzon-wide quarantine.

According to Mark Salazar's Tuesday report on "24 Oras," these drivers also shared a pot of rice because they said it was all they could afford during this unprecedented situation.

"Hati-hati... Siyempre sa gutom mo, hindi ka na puwede mamili," one of the drivers said.

He said all of them were able to receive relief goods from the local government, but that only happened once.

The aid package contained three kilos of rice and three cans of sardines.

Some of them appealed to the government to refrain from extending the enhanced community quarantine because they had nothing left to feed their families.

“Dapat hanggang 14 na lang, hindi na puwedeng hanggang katapusan. Hindi na namin kaya, saan kami kukuha ng pagkain?” a tricycle driver said.

“Kung maaari lang itigil na ‘yong pag-e-extend ng quarantine. Bilang sidecar boy, tsamba lang ‘yong mga pasahero eh dahil talagang hindi na puwede,” a pedicab driver said.

“Hindi na po namin kakayanin, magugutom na kami,” he added.

Meanwhile, the drivers said they had not yet received any assistance from the national government's social amelioration program. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/DVM, GMA News

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