452 stranded folks; 1 dies; 3 sick in Bato

No less than 452 Negrenses who are working in Cebu, were stranded in Bato, Samboan Cebu across the island, when the lockdown started, thereby making two public school buildings as their temporary quarantine areas.

According to Bato Barangay Capt. Meddy Tano who is still active at 81, said that one of those stranded has died of fish poisoning. He comes from Hinobaan.

Three refugees are now sick but recovering. Nobody can tell whether they are Covid positive or not since they are far from hospitals, and only manned by rural health doctors.

Interviewed by BAI RADIO DYEM FM Crosstalk Show, Capitan Tano could not identify the victims, but said they are well being taken care of with enough food and rice supply and many donated viands for their meals.

Gov. Degamo sent 50 sacks of rice for them. Many donors in Cebu gave food and utensils. The worker are mostly employees of private firms in Cebu City but are from Negros island, mostly from the towns. It is not yet confirmed if anyone among the refugees are from Dumaguete.

Matiao Shipping owner Dante Matiao had also donated utensils and daily needs of the refugees are from Dumaguete.

Matiao Shipping owner Dante Matiao had also donated utensils and daily needs of the refugees. Dante can offer them a free ride home on board his barge, when the government allows.

Capitan Tano said the folks have seemingly accepted that the classrooms of both San Sebastian elementary and the other, San Sebastian national high school will be their temporary home as they are restricted by the Coast Guard, the PNP and the town officials from travelling.

The PSWD in charge there is a Dumaguetena Riza Bayona.

Samboan acting mayor Reymond Calderon, son of the 86yr old mayor town patriarch Atty Ernesto Toto Calderon Sr, has been actively looking after their needs. The vice mayor is his brother Dr. Ernesto Calderon II who has a clinic in Cebu city. They have a twin brother Peter who is the distrIct congressman there. They are all very helpful to the refugees, Tano said.