- 428 construction workers were stranded in UP Diliman after the lockdown was imposed
- A post on Facebook revealed that 311 workers didn't get support from their employees and have resorted to picking fruits from any fruit-bearing tree on the campus, as well as catching whatever live creature they can, like stray cats and rats
- The UP administrators have done what they can for the construction workers, considering that they were also responsible for many teachers and students stranded within the campus
- The admin has already contacted the contractors but the latter allegedly failed to do their part
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A Facebook post by Alfred Allan Jose, a member of the Quezon City COVID-19 Food and Goods Donation, outlined the plight of stranded construction workers in UP Diliman who were allegedly left off by their employers to fend for themselves amid the lockdown.
As per the post of Jose, there were 428 stranded workers who got stranded on the campus because of the lockdown. Out of this number, 311 did not receive ample support from their employees.
Having grown hungry, they resorted to eating any fruit from fruit-bearing trees that they could find on the campus. They also allegedly went to the extent of catching stray cats and rats just to feed themselves.
The administrator of UP are also taking care of stranded teachers and students on the campus, and while they have already rendered help to the construction workers, they could only do so much for them.
Since the workers were not from Quezon City, they didn't receive assistance from the barangay.
Thankfully, kindhearted people were willing to help them, along with a number of organizations. One pledged to deliver 400 pandesals per day to help the workers, and the group of Jose also delivered 4 canvas of rice, which were divided into 14 sites for the workers.
Here are some of the photos from the post of Jose, detailing the ordeal that the construction workers went through. The contact number for those who want to extend help to the construction workers are also found in the post.
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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