Female nurse rides bike for 2.5 hours to report for work at Western Visayas Medical Center

  • A nurse is determined to go to work despite the challenges in transportation 
  • She borrowed a bike and helmet and pedaled for 2.5 hours straight to Western Visayas Medical Center
  • She is now billeted somewhere which is a safer option than taking the bike to go back home

With overwhelming patient load and high risk of catching the virus, health workers tend to be discouraged with their chosen profession. Humans as they are, they feel tired too. But above it all, their determination to serve perseveres.

Image via Marlene Seneres Layog Pecomcillo | Facebook

Marlene Seneres Layog Peconcillo is so proud of her niece that she can’t help but share her story on Facebook.

Her niece, Irish Joy Serafica-Ceballos, is a contractual dialysis nurse at the Western Visayas Medical Center/ Covid Center and was bound to report for work last May 28.

She is from Tigbauan, a municipality in the Iloilo province. Due to the lockdown, public transportation has been a challenge but she is still insistent to report for duty. So she borrowed a bike and helmet and pedaled all the way to Iloilo City for 2.5 hours! Normally, via the shortest route (31 km), a car can take you there in just an hour.

Her aunt then posted a photo of Irish going out that day.

“On her way out, leaving two kids behind while her husband is on board,” she captioned.

Image via Western Visayas Medical Center | Facebook

Marlene shared with Definitely Filipino Buzz that her niece had been through a lot lately. She just lost her grandfather and bid their last goodbye the day before she left.

She is now billeted somewhere in the city as hospitals find temporary homes for their medical workers to avoid the possible risk of spreading the virus if they go home.

Marlene hoped that Irish’s willingness and sincerity to perform her duty can inspire other frontliners to go on in spite of difficulties.

Kudos to Irish for not giving up and bringing so much passion into her job. You are just one of the thousands of healthcare workers who are doing their best to save lives right now. And we will be forever grateful for your dedication.


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