The government is preparing a cash assistance this June for jeepney drivers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Thursday.
“Alam naman natin na mahirap talaga ang buhay sa kanila dahil hindi pa sila pinapayagang pumasada so hinahanda na po ang additional ayuda just for jeepney drivers,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing.
Roque had also said that the government may tap jeepney drivers as contact tracers.
Around P496.2 million has already been spent on financial aid for 62,028 displaced workers of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) and public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the National Capital Region since the government launched the social amelioration program in April, according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s weekly report to Congress submitted on Monday.
Metro Manila shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine on June 1 but public utility buses, modern public utility vehicles or jeepneys, and UV Express will only be allowed to operate on a limited capacity beginning June 22. -MDM, GMA News