November 11, 2020 at 8:06 AM EST
Amid Philippines lockdown, a Jamaican pilot becomes a lifeline for remote communities
By Regine Cabato and Martin San Diego
Seven months since the Philippines first declared a lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, tens of thousands of Filipinos have been stranded across the country. Limited public transportation and quarantine restrictions have made it almost impossible to travel — especially for those seeking medical help in far-flung towns with meager health services.
Enter Davin Bennett, a 34-year-old Jamaican missionary pilot who has ferried about 170 individuals needing medical evacuations across the northern Philippines on a small plane between April and mid-October. The job has given him a front-row view to births, deaths and many medical crisis in between.