14 workers walking from Valenzuela to Pangasinan, ‘rescued' in Tarlac

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Courtesy: Capas PIO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) — A group of construction workers who were on their way to Pangasinan province from Valenzuela City in Metro Manila by foot, were “rescued" mid-way in Tarlac, officials said Saturday.

The Capas public information office said barangay officials came across 14 construction workers who said they were walking home to Mangatarem in Pangasinan which was approximately 13 hours away by foot from the municipality.

“[They said] they were promised to be fetched,” said Capas PIO in a Facebook post.

After receiving food and water, the workers were driven home by the Mangatarem government, it added.

According to Google Maps, it would take one over 19 hours to walk from Valenzuela City to Capas, Tarlac. On the other hand, if the workers continued to walk all the way to Mangatarem, they would have completed a 33-hour trek.

Luzon is currently under enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease pandemic, which has already killed 18 people in the country and infected over 200 others. The quarantine measure means movement within, to and from the island is restricted.

Regions including Metro Manila have since imposed strict measures such as suspensions of work and mass transportation to ensure that residents would stay home.

Only healthcare workers, accredited media workers and those based in supermarkets and establishments providing basic goods, among others, are exempted from the suspension.

Meanwhile, local government units are expected to provide transportation to aid these workers, as all forms of public transport remains unavailable.