Ed Pascual has been driving his jeepney for 30 years. The money he earned had provided for the needs of his family but the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic crippled his source of income.
He was not able to earn when the community quarantine was implemented.
Over 30 jeepney drivers began operating as LalaJeepneys in Quezon City on Monday (June 15), Ed was among them.
During his first day as a Lalajeepney driver, he was able to earn P1,700 with four bookings from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Malaking tulong ito para sa aming mga driver. Pangalawang araw ko na po ngayon. Kumikita naman po, (This is a huge help for us drivers. This is now my second day and I am earning),” he said.
Under the LalaJeep program, drivers can earn P200 for the initial booking with additional P20 per kilometer. Drivers can also have their own assistant to help in carrying deliveries, who would also receive payment for his service.
Meanwhile, the president of transport group Pasang Masda, Obet Martin, calls on the delivery service company, Lalamove, to also provide the same opportunity to jeepney drivers in various cities and municipalities in Metro Manila.
“Iyong Lalamove ay kakausapin ko rin na mabigyan pa rin ng ibang hanapbuhay ang grupo namin sa parteng Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Quezon City, Caloocan at Navotas, (I will talk to Lalamove to also provide livelihood to our groups in Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Quezon City, Caloocan and Navotas)” he said.
This aims to provide alternative livelihoods to jeepney drivers affected by the community quarantine due to COVID-19. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)