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No work no pay

I am a Customer Service Representative in an Australian Telecommunication Company based here in the Philippines

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I do not know how it feels

All of my readers here are aware that I am a Librarian by profession and later on transferred as a Customer Service Representative in an American Telecommunication Company and after after three months, transferred again to the Australian Telecommunication Company.

At first, I loved being a Customer Service Representative, until such time that tested my patience in managing my finances as well as my travel time from work to the place of work. My health came at risk from lack of sleep, not eating that much, and so on.

But technically, now, as the Corona Virus Disease 2019 or simply called COVID-19, struck almost all parts of the world including the Philippines, until such time that the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for at first a community quarantine in the metropolis on March 15, 2020. I am residing at Bulacan, the nearby province of the National Capital Region. My place of work is in the metropolis, so, I decided to go to the metropolis on March 14, 2020 afternoon and gone to my mother's residence to live for a week in order to attend to my workplace on March 16, 2020 (Monday). I am one of the lucky persons who reported for work because some of my coworkers who's residing also in Bulacan, were not able to report for work on March 16, 2020. Then, today (March 17, 2020), I was not able to report for work due to transportation strike. No transport vehicles are allowed to travel in the metropolis, so, I have no means to report for work. Only few people reported for work, earlier, only those people who lives nearby the work premises.

No work

Last night, President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement for total lockdown not only in the metropolis and also to the entire Luzon, in which covers Bulacan. By all means, the said announcement includes to stay at home. We are only allowed to go outside if in case of emergency, go to buy some medicines, buy food, go to the bank to get money or if you are medical personnel.

That announcement touches also that we are not obliged to report for work. So, it just like, we have no work. Since, I am not yet regular in my work, in short, "no work, no pay".

What will happen to my family, if I don't have work?

I don't have enough money right now neither my wife at the rural area.

I have the capability to send them money when my salary will release in the next few days. Then, after that, what's next. Since, there's a lockdown, I have no reason to see my family personally to send them money, the means of sending them money is thru online banking. When, I got my salary already, I will just withdraw at the ATM what I need only, and the remaining will all sent to them.

Good thing, that even if I don't have a work, I am now temporary staying here in my mother's house, in which, I am free to use all the amenities here. As well as, my brother allowed me to use his old laptop for my online activities to continue doing my homebased-online work. Hope so, that, whatever activities here in Hubpages as well as my other online platforms will be enough to feed the needs of my family in Bulacan.

Expected Result

I am praying for the immediate recovery of the Philippines as well as for the entire world for this COVID-19, in order to not to suffer not only my family but also with all the families in the world.

Currently, Philippines is implementing the "social distancing" in which, people are not 100% accepting this specifically the transport sectors. In which, originally before the implementation of this "social distancing", jeepney can accommodate, 16-20 commuters at a time. But during the implementation, jeepney can only accommodate half of it, so it means, 8-10 commuters only. If the authorities, found out that drivers are violating this, the commuters will instructed to go out of the vehicle or else they will not allowing the driver to cross the border.

Looking forward in order to resolve this immediately, people will follow the instructions of the government in order to block or minimize the casualties for the spreading of the said virus.

God bless us always.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on April 24, 2020:

Earlier, President Duterte modified the Enhanced Community Quarantine specifically in the metropolis. It also includes the Bulacan province, in which I am now residing here. Extended up to May15. No income until now, how I will feed my family?

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 21, 2020:

Although, I just received my last salary. But the question is, until when our food supply will last long?¿

Liz Westwood from UK on March 20, 2020:

Coronavirus is causing a real upheaval throughout the world. Being unable to work and earn money is extremely tough for many. I am sorry that you have been caught up in it.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 17, 2020:

Thanks Lorna. Stay safe also.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 17, 2020:

That is why I am worried that much @RoadMonkey of no income while at home in the metropolis. Hope someday and a good Samaritan will come on my way to help me find an income even if I am staying at home.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 17, 2020:

Thanks for the prayer also Ruby. God bless you too.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 17, 2020:

Yes Pamela, thanks for the prayer. Although, we are not infected by the virus medically but affected of what happened.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on March 17, 2020:

Thanks for that Eric, looking forward to be positive with my online activities.

Lorna Lamon on March 17, 2020:

You have a positive attitude Luis and this is so important in these sad times. It's also good to know that your family are also helping, and I pray this virus passes soon. Take care.

RoadMonkey on March 17, 2020:

It is very worrying for people who have no income if they cannot work. I hope that this is over soon for all of us!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 17, 2020:

Hopefully this will be over soon, just remember, God is in control. Blessings to you and family.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

I am sorry to hear the virus is affecting you and your family. I pray this lockdown doesn't last for long.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 17, 2020:

How very interesting Luis. Of course I pray for you and yours. But you painted the picture of your plight very well. Your attitude is remarkable.

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