Michelle Silvertino, 33, was found unconscious on a pedestrian bridge along a major highway in the capital, Manila, on June 5.
CNN Filipino said that Silvertono marched from Quezon City, just north of Manila, to the city of Pasay to the south, hoping to ride from there. But this proved to be futile and stuck in a pedestrian bridge for several days, as she was unconscious and later pronounced dead in hospital.
Her death sparked outrage in the Philippines, and the #JusticeforMichelleSilvertino sign on Twitter. People across the country joined the social media campaign to advocate for justice and criticize the government for not doing enough to help stranded workers like Silvertono.
Silvertino shared the plight of many Filipino workers who were stranded during the closure period because they were unable to travel home due to the restrictions.
“We are like beggars here. All we want is to get back to our families,” one of the passengers told the news agency.
However, anger over the death of Silvertino arrived at the presidential palace, and the government announced on Thursday that it would help trapped workers in the country to return to their homes.
“Nobody wanted that to happen, but we will now take steps to ensure that what happened to Michel will not happen again. We have a new policy to help all those who are stranded at airports and bus stations,” Rocky said.
The statement added that the stranded workers will be subjected to a rapid test of Covid 19 before the transportation is found.