Senator Grace Poe led the launching of a project that will provide livelihood assistance grants to deserving jeepney drivers in the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces (NCR Plus).
“We see clearly the extent by which our jeepney drivers’ means of living have been jeopardized by the pandemic,” said Poe as she marks her 53rd birthday.
“We must extend them crucial help so they can pursue an alternative and sustainable livelihood,” the veteran legislator stressed.
The integrated livelihood program selects 70 deserving jeepney drivers to capacitate them through a P30,000 worth of livelihood package.
The integrated livelihood program under the Department of Labor and Employment shall select 70 deserving jeepney drivers to capacitate them through a P30,000 worth of livelihood package each.
Each driver can avail of a “Starter Kit” or a “Negosyo sa Kariton” (Nego-Kart).
The kit aims to help the beneficiary quickly start a livelihood undertaking such as plumbing, electrical servicing, welding, car wash, motorcycle or cellular phone repair, upholstery, appliance, or massage services.
The Nego-Kart will provide seed capital and resources for vending.
Meanwhile, the Nego-Kart will provide seed capital and resources for vending including carts and other necessary materials and tools to enable the grantee to pursue a micro vending livelihood.
Target beneficiaries must be of legal age, not included in the 4Ps list, residing in NCR Plus, and displaced by the pandemic restrictions or unable to work as a jeepney driver anymore due to comorbidities or related reasons.
Through the Panday Bayanihan relief organization, the seasoned lawmaker also spearheaded the distribution of various forms of assistance to public utility vehicle drivers across the country who have been most affected by the pandemic and other calamities.