- A construction worker who was laid off endured walking around 900 kilometers just to be able to get home
- It took him over a month before he finally reached his hometown
- The construction worker used to work in Manila but he lost his job due to the lockdowns
- A personnel of the Department of Health stated that the construction worker also walked to Sorsogon and there he was quarantined for 14 days before he was able to walk again to a port and where he eventually rode a boat and reached Allen, Northern Samar, and resumed walkign again
Great feats were witnessed during the pandemic and the story of 27-year-old Roel Navidad, a construction worker who lost his job in Manila and who had to walk home for over a month is definitely one of them.
He arrived in Samar with soar and calloused feet and was allowed to get some rest before he headed on his way.
As per the account in Manila Bulletin, Roel walked to Sorsogon in August and there he was under a 14-day quarantine. When he was able to secure his documents, he was released on September 16, walked again until he reached the Matnog Port. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office helped him ride a boat, which brought him to Allen, Northern Samar.
A truck driver helped him and he had a ride to Jiabong, Samar, then he walked again for two days.
Upon reaching Taft, Eastern Samar, he rested and was picked up later by the local government unit of MacArthur.
Filipino resilience is evident in times of crisis. Many have shown that they can make it through a pandemic. Filipinos abroad have also shown this kind of resiliency.
One example of Filipino resilience is how people looked for ways and means to live after they lost their jobs because of unexpected circumstances. For instance, a stewardess turned to online selling when she lost her job.
Artists, like Gladys Guevarra, also put her skills in making Filipino delicacies to good use.
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