More displaced PUV drivers get aid


Jun. 22, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) has assisted almost 1,000 displaced public transport drivers through a cash-for-work (CFW) program.

"We proposed to the Governor a cash-for-work for jeepney and bus drivers in the province so we can assist them somehow, which was already implemented," remarked Mr. Perry Martinez, Executive Director of MINC.

"The 'Libre a Pagluganan' Program is more for our frontline workers. Ang mga jeepney drivers na nabigyan ng trabaho sa 'Libre a Pagluganan' ay kakaunti lamang, that's why we have come up with the CFW proposal," he added.

The cash-for-work program, which geared for the cleaning and unclogging of canals in preparation for this rainy season, is a collaboration of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, and the Office of the Barangay.

Beneficiaries rendered five days of work to complete the program and received Php 1225.00 salary.

Moreover, 15 PUJs are deployed at selected pick-up and drop-off points to accommodate the transportation needs of healthcare workers, non-medical frontliners, and medical patients. Driver-beneficiaries receive a daily fuel subsidy and Php 340.00 salary.

As of writing, a total of 9,105 frontliners and 317 medical patients were served in the free ride program.

Mr. Martinez assured that Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and his team are united to protect the Ilokano community from COVID-19 and to provide assistance to worst-hit sectors.