- The UP alumni created a program that raises funds for the UP ‘Ikot’ drivers who lost their source of income due to the pan
- Aside from the financial assistance, they also aim to build a sustainable livelihood program for them
- The traditional jeepneys are still not allowed to travel plus these drivers will also be affected by the coming traditional jeepney phaseout
The jeepney drivers of the UP ‘Ikot’ route were among those severely hi
t by the pan demic. Fortunately, with the help of the UP alumni, they received financial assistance; a great help to ease the burden due to loss of income.
The UP Alumni established the “Pantawid para sa mga Naghahatid” program, which aims to raise funds for the drivers as financial assistance. Since then, the fundraiser has given Php 2.5M in donations to 275 jeepney drivers. Each driver has received P2,000 per month for three months now.
The remaining funds will be allotted for the next round of financial support.
On their Facebook page, families of the recipients have expressed their gratitude to the program.
One of them, Ramos Jen-nel, said, “Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng bumubuo ng programang ito. Malaking tulong po sa aming pamilya ang inyong binahagi. Driver po ng U.P ‘Ikot’ ang aking asawa. God bless po sa inyo.”
Representatives or heads of six jeepney associations traveling along the UP are the ones who keep the funds and facilitate the distribution to its members.
With the implementation of the general community quarantine, the LTFRB has not given a signal for traditional jeepneys to operate. Students haven’t reported to school because face to face classes are not allowed as yet. Furthermore, drivers are also facing the threat of the traditional jeepney phaseout to be imposed by the DOTr this year.
The initiative also aims to create a sustainable livelihood program to support the drivers while they are not able to travel and prepare them when the traditional jeepney phaseout happens.
For those who are willing to share their blessings, you may keep in touch via their Facebook page for more details.