Michelle Silvertino, 33, was found unconscious on June 5 on a footbridge along a main highway in the capital, Manila.
According to CNN Philippines, Silvertino went from Manila to Queens City in the north just south to Pass City, CNN Philippines reported. However, this proved futile and for several days he was trapped in the footbridge, where he was found unconscious and later pronounced dead at the hospital.
His death sparked outrage in the Philippines and the hashtag #JusticefordMichelSilvertino became a trend on Twitter. People across the country have called for justice in the promotion of social media and criticized the government for not doing enough to help trapped workers like Silvertino.
Silvertino’s plight is shared by many Filipino workers who were stranded during the lockdown after failing to travel home due to the ban.
“We are here like beggars. We want our families to go home,” a passenger told the news agency.
The president arrived at the palace in protest of Silvertino’s death and the government announced on Thursday that it would help the country’s stranded workers return home.
“No one wanted this to happen, but we will now take steps to ensure that what happened to Michelle does not happen again. We have a new policy to help everyone trapped at airports and bus terminals,” Rock said.
The statement added that stranded workers would be quickly tested for the Covid-19 before transport could be found.