PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez distributed P1,000 cash vouchers or gift checks to 10,000 public transport drivers affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Information Office chief Mar Jimenez said that the financial support, given by the city chief executive out of his own pocket, will be given to all duly registered tricycle drivers and pedicab drivers including their operators in the city equivalent to P10 million.
The SM gift check can be used in buying daily commodities and foods in Savemore, Hypermart, Alfamart and SM Supermarket which are all open in several cities in Metro Manila, according to Jimenez.
The beneficiaries are urged to coordinate with the Traffic and Parking Management Office and Tricycle Regulatory Office or officials from their respective associations.
Around 14,000 members of the city TODA and about 1,000 pedicab drivers earn their living on a daily basis, but were unable to ply their usual routes after the enhanced community quarantine started March 17, Jimenez said.
He added that the financial relief will enable the affected drivers to buy food for their families, given in addition to the food assistance already being extended by the city government following the lockdown and suspension of transport system in the city.
Aside from this, the city government is also working on other programs to help tricycle drivers.