CALOOCAN CITY, (PIA) --The second batch of displaced drivers and operators affected by the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) recently received the labor department’s livelihood assistance 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).
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.
Benavidez urged the beneficiaries to ensure growth and sustainability of the government grant.
Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro joined 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. (dole/pia-ncr)