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“Nomad” Negrenses in Tabuelan port appeals for government help

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Scores of residents from the neighboring city of Talisay and other parts of this province are now stranded at the port of Tabuelan town in Cebu and some are appealing for help from Capitol and other local officials.

Renante Dicen, one of the 21 residents from Talisay, told DNX he and 20 others from Talisay have been staying in makeshift shelters at the port for at least four days now.

Dicen said he and the other Negros Occidental natives worked on the construction of a hotel in Lapu-Lapu City owned by a Korean national but were stranded in Cebu when the province closed its borders during a lockdown.

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Aside from the Talisay residents, there were other Negrosanons from Hinigaran and Calatrava towns and Escalante City.

There used to be an estimated 60 provincial residents before the others left, Dicen said.

Talisay City officials could not yet be reached for comment.

Listen to the interview with Dicen.

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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