Free bike beneficiaries from Makati, Pasay thankful to DOLE

Some 66 beneficiaries from Makati and Pasay are all set for their Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) livelihood assistance awarded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Said assistance were distributed during the awarding ceremony of DOLE-NCR Makati-Pasay Field Office in partnership with the Public Employment Service Offices of local government units on October 27, 2020 with 22 awarded in Makati City – District 1, 22 awarded in Makati City – District 2, and 22 in Pasay as separately held in their respective areas.

With the provision of said bikes, beneficiaries will also have an opportunity to earn a living by serving as an independent delivery rider of Grab and LalaFood following the memorandum of agreement with the labor department held on the first day launching on October 26, 2020 at DOLE Central Office in Intramuros, Manila.

Jocelyn Baladad, a fruit seller from Makati City was grateful for the assistance and will use the bike to deliver ordered goods to her customers. “Malaking tulong po ang bike sa amin para ma-deliver ng mas mabilis yung aking mga paninda. Magagamit ko din ito sa mga susunod ko pang food delivery. Maraming salamat po sa DOLE na nagbigay po sa amin ng munting negosyo na pwede naming palaguin,” she said.   

Walter Corpuz, a barangay volunteer in Makati City said that he will use the bike to help him continue his balut business while looking for a job. “Makakatulong ito para sa mga gastusin namin sa bahay at pang-transportasyon din kung sakali makahanap na ako ng trabaho,” he said.

Before they received their livelihood undertaking, beneficiaries were enrolled to an insurance coverage under the GSIS Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI) and went through the Social Preparation Training. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the beneficiaries will continue to receive technical and business advisory services. 

In her message of support during the awarding ceremony, DOLE-NCR Makati-Pasay Field Office OIC-Director Olivia O. Obrero-Samson hoped that the FreeBis Project would help the beneficiaries in sustaining their livelihood undertaking amid the mobility restrictions due to pandemic. 

“Nawa po ang mga bisikletang ito ay magbigay sa inyo ng pag-asa at tibay ng loob para maka-ahon at makapag-simula ng bago sa inyong papasuking hanapbuhay,” said Samson, adding that DOLE-NCR will continue to coordinate with PESO to monitor the status of their livelihood undertaking. 

DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director Russel A. Jallorina also joined the ceremonial turnover of bikes together with the local chief executives and PESO representatives.

END / Hershey Aquino with report from Katrina Otadoy