The Quezon City government and a mobile app delivery service—Lalamove Philippines–have partnered to provide another source of alternative livelihood to public utility jeepney drivers who have been displaced due to lockdown brought about by the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Joy Belmonte spearheaded the launching of LalaJeep, the latest addition to the latter’s fleet that shall cater to the delivery needs of the city residents and help displaced jeepney drivers in turn.
She expressed confidence that the program would significantly help the city’s thousands of jeepney drivers earn amid the limited transportation options.
“Since our jeepney drivers are directly affected by the continuing community quarantine, this LalaJeep program is a welcome initiative which will provide alternative livelihood for them. We are grateful to Lalamove for piloting this program in Quezon City,” she said.
The program will also provide a more affordable option for business owners who are heavily reliant on the delivery app for the delivery of their products.
Mona Yap, Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office chief, said LalaJeep will also help businesses in their logistics.
“As many businesses are transitioning to online which demands delivery services, this LalaJeep will be a great support not just for jeepney drivers but also for small businesses,” she said.
“This project is aligned with Lalamove’s goal to empower communities and uplift the livelihood of those who are heavily affected by the pandemic. This will allow our services better to suit every business owner and day-to-day user’s delivery needs. This project is a testament that with governmental support, we can deliver possibilities faster,” Lalamove managing director Dannah Majarocon said.
Belmonte has instructed the Task Force on Transportation and Traffic Management to screen and assist in the registration of the jeepney drivers. DALISAY NOLASCO