A month ago, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go recently visited jeepney operators and drivers in Pasay City to listen to their concerns, vowing to help find solutions to the challenges they face amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Go also promised to bring their concerns before President Rodrigo Duterte but cautioned that the situation must be balanced between the safety of the driver and his passenger since the situation may still be fluid.
The event, attended by 600 members of the Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association [JODA], was held at Timoteo Paez Elementary School in Pasay City. Each beneficiary was provided food, masks and face shields. Go also gave away bicycles to select recipients while others were given tablets for their children to use.
Go and his team were joined by representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development who gave away financial aid and additional food packs. The Department of Trade and Industry gave its commitment to extend assistance to beneficiaries wishing to seek alternative livelihood opportunities upon completing their assessments.
Caloocan Sports Complex
Last Friday, November 6, Senator Go again met with 1,000 members of the Manibela group composed of UV express and jeepney drivers from SM Fairview Transport Federation and Caloocan North Transport Federation at the Caloocan Sports Complex in Caloocan City on Friday, 6 November.
He distributed meals, food packs, masks, face shields and vitamins to the beneficiaries. Some were also given tablets, so that their children could participate in the blended learning being implemented in schools.
To promote their use as an alternative mode of transportation, he also gave away bicycles so these could be used by those who commute to work given the limited public transportation options.
The senator acknowledged that these past few months have been extremely challenging, especially for the poor and the vulnerable sector that includes jeepney drivers who rely on a daily income in order to provide themselves and their family the basic necessities, is experiencing the drastic changes in their livelihood due to the pandemic.
“I know you are having a hard time with the situation now, but just be a little more patient. Who knew that a pandemic would be coming our way,” Go said.
Nonetheless, he encouraged the drivers to help each other during this time, as he will also continue to help them and raise their concerns to the national government. (Sovereignph.com)