Bicol workers stuck at borders cry for help

Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philiippnes —­ About 130 construction workers from the Bicol region were stranded on the boundary of Laguna and Batangas as more provinces in southern Luzon enforced lockdowns to keep potential virus carriers out of their communities.

In Santo Tomas City, Batangas, the workers, among them elderly and some with their wives, had been sleeping on discarded cardboard boxes on a vacant lot at Barangay San Agustin for more than two days.

They worked in a construction site in Quezon City. After getting their salaries from their contractor, whose project was stopped because of the disease outbreak, they left at dawn last Friday.

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