Accident survivor worries about supporting family

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Monday, December 23, 2013

SOME people her age have retired from work. But at 56, Nenita Garcia remains a tapasero.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., she cuts sugarcane every day. She suffers back pain every now and then and treats it with hilot or massage at home.

She’s getting tired of her daily grind, but is left with no choice. Her nine children and five grandchildren are relying on her.

Garcia and other tapaseros were riding a ten-wheeler cargo truck early Saturday morning on their way to work in Bogo City when they met an accident. They fell into a ravine in Barangay Ilihan, Tabogon town.

With a fractured back, Garcia worries where she would get the money to feed her family. Food crops in their home could help them get by for some days, but it wouldn’t last long.

“Maglisod gyud mi (It would be difficult for us),” she said.

Garcia earns P70 per day as tapasero, which would be spent on rice and dried fish. Her daughter Daylani, 30, also works as tapasero to help the family.

She and her daughter were brought to Juan B. Dosado Memorial Hospital in Sogod town after the accident.


When interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, she complained regularly about the pain in her back. Her daughter Daylani also had bruises.

Garcia was not thinking yet of filing a complaint against Norman Monteron, 25, who drove the other ten-wheeler truck that hit them and caused their vehicle to plunge into the ravine.


“Ganahan lang gyud ko maayo para makatrabaho dayon og balik (I just want to go back to work again),” she said.

She said there might not be a noche buena for them this year.

A complaint of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to properties will be filed against Monteron.

PO3 Epifanio Comedido of Tabogon Police Station said they have witnesses and the passengers who will execute affidavits against Monteron.


Comedido visited the other victims in Bogo-Medellin Medical Center and said they are already in stable condition.

“Naa’y willing mo file sa ilaha ug kaso against Monteron,” he said.

Manuel Dy, the employer of the tapaseros, also visited the police station yesterday to assist in the filing of the complaint, the police investigator said.

As of yesterday, Comedido said the number of casualties and wounded victims remained three dead and 39 injured.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2013.

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