How the Poor Traveler Busan Lost Their Traveling Career to Davao and Got Their Travel Documents Back
When the government’s poorest citizens in Davaos city of Busan lost their jobs to the global financial crisis and the economic crisis, they faced the greatest challenges.
The people were unemployed.
The wages were low.
Their health care services were lacking.
Their passports were stolen.
They couldn’t pay their rent, let alone their utilities.
The poor traveler busans, or poor travelers, had been trying to return to their families in the countryside for years.
They had been living in camps for years before the economic downturn.
Busan is the capital of the Philippines, home to some 15 million people and the third-largest city in the country.
Since 2012, it has been home to about 3.5 million poor travelers.
This is the story of a poor traveler who found the road back to the countryside.
A poor traveler walks with his family, after they lost their job in the Philippines.
They lost their passport to the financial crisis.
People who had worked as beggars for years in the city have returned home.
As the poor traveler travels back to his village in Busan, he takes out his wallet and a few pieces of paper.
He opens up the first one and gives it to the police, telling them to check the money before he goes back.
I just need to go home.
But, he says, he’s not sure if he will.
When the police take his wallet, he goes home.
He says, I’m going to get my papers.
What I need is my passport.
Two weeks later, the police catch him.
It’s just the beginning of his journey.
He has to wait.
He is not sure where to find his passport.
He needs a passport, so he gets one at the border.
Then he walks across the border, with his wife, two sons, and his daughter.
“When I walked, the people were smiling,” he says.
We had no idea we would lose our jobs.
We had no clue.
We didn’t know that the country was facing this crisis.
I got my passport, he said.
After his first visit to the border in 2013, he started his journey again.
He would wait for two years until he could get his passport again.
At first, he was scared.
He was scared that he would be detained for a long time.
He said he feared he would get sent back to Asia.
But he was convinced that he had a passport and that he was free.
Now, he has finally been allowed to leave Busan.
Before his first trip, he would ask the police for money.
But now he only asks for his documents.
If I could only get my passport back, he asks, he will never leave Busans.
For the poor travelers in Busans capital, the return of their passports and documents is a miracle.
Many of them have given up hope, even when the economy has recovered.
There was one woman who was working as a housemaid in the government office in Busano when the economic recession started in 2014.
She said that she had a bad relationship with her boss, and she would cry when she lost her job.
But now, she said, she has hope.
Today, she is making $1,000 a month, she told Bleacher Bleacher.
And the government pays her salary, too.
My name is Tessa, she says.
I’m working as housemaid, she explained.
From the very beginning, I knew I would be a poor tourist.
In my village, the poor busan travelers live in camps, with no access to electricity.
One of the first things the poor travellers do when they get to Busan is to look for a place to stay.
They look for camps.
Here, a poor traveller waits for food at a camp in Busawan, Dagsan province, Philippines.
Tessa says she is happy to be a tourist.
She says, it’s great to see the sights.
But she says that she has never been a tourist before.
Last year, Tessa had two children and a boyfriend.
She was working part-time, and there were no jobs.
She told me she was desperate for a job.
So, I asked her, I want to be part-timer, she answered.
Why do you want to stay here, I said, I just want to earn money?
She said, No.
I need to travel.
That night, she woke up.
She had no money.
And she had to look elsewhere.
Next, she started traveling back home.
In the first week, she was able to travel a little, but she had no place to sleep.