Out-of-work driver preps jeepneys for social distancing

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MANILA, Philippines — He is more accustomed to taking the wheel than using the hammer. But the past three months had left Edwin Quilaton, a 49-year-old jeepney driver in Parañaque City, with

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nothing to do, his vehicle idled by the ban on public transportation under the community quarantine imposed on Metro Manila to stem the spread of COVID-19.

He could double each protective layer “just to make sure none of us ever gets sick when we get back on the road again,” he added. It has not been easy living, he said, with no savings to speak of from his daily earnings of about P800. But this “honest work” has enabled him to send his eldest and only son to college.

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