Many Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) have expressed intention to return to their place of residence. Some of them had traveled to Metro Manila before the pandemic to find a job or to apply to work abroad, while others, like the family of Ganer, were working in the city but lost their jobs because of the quarantine.
Ganer and his wife were rendered jobless last August 9 when the canteen where both of them used to serve closed due to the pandemic. “We lost all our income and we’re forced to live on the streets because we can no longer pay our rental obligations,” shared Ganer, who feels really bad for his 2-year-old and 11-month-old kids. He also worries for his wife, Rosalyn, who is currently pregnant.
“We do not know what to do. We wish we could travel back to Zamboanga but the situation is too complicated for us,” added Ganer.
Right now, Ganer and his family are staying at a barangay hall in Tondo, Manila. Their concern has reached Operation Blessing through the request of the Association of Volunteers.
In response to their need of essential supplies, OB personally delivered a food bag, assorted hygiene kits, diapers, and clothes to Ganer’s family. Our team also took the chance to encourage them and pray for the family.
“We’re very thankful to receive these blessings from OB. My family needs all these food and hygiene supplies, especially now in the time of pandemic,” said Ganer.