By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Sen. Grace Poe led the launching of a project that will
provide livelihood assistance grants to deserving jeepney drivers in
the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces (NCR Plus).
“We see clearly the extent by which our jeepney drivers’ means of
living have been jeopardized by the pandemic. We must extend them
crucial help so they can pursue an alternative and sustainable
livelihood,” said Poe, who is marking her 53rd birthday.
The integrated livelihood program under the Department of Labor and
Employment shall select 70 deserving jeepney drivers to capacitate
through a P30,000 worth of livelihood package each.
Each driver can avail of a “Starter Kit” or a “Negosyo sa Kariton”
(Nego-Kart). The kit aims to help the beneficiary quickly start a
livelihood undertaking such as plumbing, electrical servicing,
welding, car wash, motorcycle or cellular phone repair, upholstery,
appliance, or massage services.
Meanwhile, the Nego-Kart will provide seed capital and resources for
vending including carts and other necessary materials and tools to
enable the grantee to pursue a micro vending livelihood.
Target beneficiaries must be of legal age, not included in the 4Ps
list, residing in NCR Plus, and displaced by the pandemic restrictions
or unable to work as a jeepney driver anymore due to comorbidities or
Through the Panday Bayanihan relief organization, Poe also earlier
spearheaded the distribution of various forms of assistance to public
utility vehicle drivers across the country who have been most affected
by the pandemic and other calamities. (ai/mtvn)