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'SuperTsuper' helps PUV drivers get donations amid community quarantine

With public transportation suspended, drivers of buses, jeepneys, tricycles, and other PUVs have been hit hard by the loss of income amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Some local governments have provided financial assistance, such as in Makati City and Pasig City, but many drivers still need help to feed their families.

To extend aid to these drivers, netizens set up a Facebook group called "SuperTsuper."

Photo: SuperTsuper
Photo: SuperTsuper

"This group serves as a platform to connect our fellow 'tsuper'/drivers who are in need of assistance to potential donors," the group said in its About page.

Drivers are instructed to provide supporting documents such as photo of their IDs and the name of their transport association. Donations are coursed through GCash.

Elmer Pakingan, a tricycle driver from Kawit, Cavite, is one of those who received help from donors.

His plea for assistance was posted on Wednesday evening and netizens immediately answered his call. So far, he received P4,500 to help him support his wife, daughter, and mother.

In a video, he thanked the Facebook group and those who gave him a helping hand.

"Maraming salamat po sa mga tutulong pa sa mga kagaya naming mga lingkod-bayan sa kalsada na hindi nakapaghanapbuhay dahil po sa nangyaring kasalukuyang lockdown po ngayon," he said.

Meanwhile, another Facebook group called "Order Hero" is helping food delivery drivers with canceled orders.

Netizens willing to buy unclaimed food are saving drivers from wasting time and losing income. --MGP, GMA News