The second batch of displaced drivers and operators affected by the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) received the labor department’s livelihood assistance on December 9, 2022 at the Marikina City Sports Complex.

A total of 252 drivers/operators received 24 sacks of rice while the remaining packages to benefit 380 beneficiaries are in the procurement process, said the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR). It can be recalled that the first batch of 178 displaced transport workers had already received support from the government last July 26, 2022. (Read related news link: Gov’t offers livelihood aid for 178 displaced transport workers)

DOLE Undersecretary for Workers Welfare and Protection, Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez led the awarding of the livelihood assistance on behalf of Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma. In his message, Benavidez urged the beneficiaries to ensure growth and sustainability of the government grant.

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro joined Usec. Benavidez together with DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba; DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol; LTFRB-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Zona Russet M. Tamayo; and other key transport department representatives.

The awarding of the livelihood assistance is a joint initiative of the labor department and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through memorandum of agreement on the “EnTSUPERneur” program that aims to offer alternative sources of income for public transport drivers and operators affected by the PUVMP and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

END / Hershey Aquino with photos by Gladys Lopez