Hurry up with financial aid to drivers, DSWD told

AN administration solon is urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fast-track the release of financial aid for public utility drivers.

DUMPER PTDA party-list Rep. Claudine Diana Bautista said the public transport drivers are in dire need of assistance as many of them are still not allowed to go back to work due to extended community quarantine.

Bautista filed House Resolution No. 1003 also to urge Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to inform the general public about the procedures and criteria for the grant of this assistance to ensure transparency and accountability.

The solon said this is in response to reports that a considerable number of PUV drivers have not yet received financial assistance from the government despite being prevented from operating their PUVs the past few months.

Earlier in the year, as part of the country’s response to the pandemic, public transportation was temporarily suspended during the community lockdowns, which had a significant negative impact on the livelihood of approximately 80,000 drivers of TNVS vehicles, 20,000 bus drivers, and at least 170,000 jeepney drivers and their families.

“The community quarantine measures, along with delays in the release of financial assistance to the public transport sector, have led many members of the public transport sector to face the prospect of being unable to financially support themselves and their families,” Bautista said.

“Some have even been forced to resort to begging on the streets to provide for their families,” she added.

The lady solon appealed to government agencies to hasten the process of releasing financial assistance to affected members of the public transport sector.

After coordination with the DSWD and the LTFRB regarding the Resolution, both DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and LTFRB Chairman Martin B. Delgra committed to push for the expedited release of the financial assistance for the drivers.

“DUMPER PTDA shall continue to monitor and advocate for the immediate release of aid to PUV drivers and the public transport sector in general. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DUMPER PTDA remains committed to its core principle: Sa DUMPER PTDA, walang drayber na maiiwan,” Bautista added.