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.
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.