PERSONNEL of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) assigned at the Navotas City Jail (NCJ) took their initiatives to provide assistance to more than 70 public utility vehicle drivers still without source of income amid total lockdown in Navotas city.
Since the declaration of Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last March 15, public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators were burdened by the temporary suspension of mass transportation, sending some of them to seek help from motorists to provide for the needs of their families.
The plight of jeepney drivers, particularly members of Lapu-Lapu-Moriones-Divisoria Operators and Drivers Association Inc. based in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) Kaunlaran, caught the attention of NCJ Warden Chief Insp. Atty. Ricky Heart Pegalan prompting him to find a way to help the drivers.
Pegalan said he, together with personnel of the NCJ, voluntarily contributed from their salaries to provide relief goods to PUV drivers whose livelihood was greatly affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
At around 10 a.m. yesterday, NCJ Response Team, headed by JO2 Ersie Valenzuela proceeded to Bgy. NBBS-Kaunlaran to provide five kilos of rice and food packs to around 74 PUV drivers with the assistance of barangay authorities to ensure that physical distancing is achieved.