“Janitor lang po ako.”
This is a humble message from Lester Ramones, 33, who works as a janitor at the Bologna Center Train Station. Lester is from Mababanaba, San Jose, Tarlac.
Lester is not a health worker, but he is considered a hero in Bologna, Italy, as he regularly cleans and disinfects trains to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Italy has the most cases of COVID-19 outside China, where the virus began.
According to CNN reports, more than 31,000 are infected with COVID-19 in Italy; and more than 2,500 losses.
This a major threat to Lester’s health, but he continued to report on his work, from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as a train cleaner in Bologna.
Because of this, His work story was featured on a news site in Italy.
Lester was surprised by a call interview with an Italian reporter, and many Filipinos praise him for his service in Italy
Lester lived in Bologna for eleven years.
He worked as a service crew at McDonald’s before entering the janitor at Bologna Train Station.
He has been in his work for two years.
In an interview with Lester of the Cabinet Files, he said he felt a sense of dread when COVID-19 spread to Italy but he had an obligation to fulfill.
“Natakot din po ako dahil ang parte na tinamaan po ng COVID-19, ang Milano [Milan].
“Unang ni-lockdown ang Milano dahil sa katigasan ng ulo ng mga Italyano. “Ang titigas ho ng ulo, hindi sila naniniwala.
“Meron na ho na mga kaso ng COVID-19 dito sa Bologna, marami na rin. Umabot na ho ng isandaan.”
Lester believes there are COVID-19-infected persons on the passengers of Bologna train, so he is very cautious.
“Bale ngayon, wala nang masyadong mga tao dahil sa lockdown.
“Ang proteksiyon namin, gumagamit kami ng gloves, may face mask na araw-araw na ibinibigay ng boss namin.
“Hindi naman ho mahirap ang trabaho ko, ngayon lang dahil sina-sanitize namin ang lahat ng mga hawakan ng tao. Nag-spray kami ng mga disinfectant.
“Para sa akin, ngayong walang mga tao o pasahero, mas safe kami.
“Pero hindi namin alam ang mangyayari kapag nagbalikan ang maraming tao dahil magbubukas ang train station sa April 3.
“Hindi ho natin alam kung malulutas ang problema sa COVID-19 kasi ang dami talagang matitigas ang ulo. Maraming namamasyal.
“Ang tigas ho ng ulo ng mga matatanda dito, kaya may multa na at makukulong ng tatlong buwan ang mga hindi sumusunod sa batas.
“Marami na ho akong nakita na hinuli sa mismong train station sa Bologna.”
Currently, Lester is uncertain about what will happen next.
But he hopes the big problem with COVID-19 will be finished and he can continue with the Philippines’ May 2020 vacation plan, because he doesn’t like the plane ticket he bought.
Si Lester ay taga-Mababanaba, San Jose, Tarlac.