In this time of constant uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-month long quarantine has rendered some of our fellow Filipinos destitute without a stable source of income to provide for their families’ basic necessities. The jeepney drivers are some of the most adversely affected due to the phaseout and inadequate financial aid. Given this situation, some even resolved to asking for alms in the streets just to be able to feed their families.
In hopes of extending a helping hand to the marginalized communities, the Tulong Kabataan Network started the program called “Walang Ayuda, Walang Pasada: A Call for Donation for Jeepney Drivers”. In partnership with the Kappa Chi Omega Sorority Alumni Association, this initiative aims to conduct relief operations for the jeepney drivers who have lost their livelihood during the pandemic with little to no financial support. All monetary donations will be used to acquire food packs costing PHP 300 each, consisting of 3 kilograms of rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee, powdered milk, eggs, onions, garlic and miswa. Hygiene kits, which cost PHP 200 each, include alcohol, soap, face masks and face shields. These will be distributed during the relief operations for the beneficiaries in Brgy. Central, Quezon City with 70 drivers, UP Diliman with 304 drivers and Manila City with 109 drivers, with a total of 483 drivers. The funds will also be used to sustain the “Kusinang Bayan” or Community Kitchens, which costs PHP 2000. This aims to provide meals for up to 50 families in a barangay, at the same time promoting solidarity among them. Currently, there are 7 Community Kitchens in Quezon City and 1 each in Blumentritt, Intramuros, and Leveriza, Manila.
The fundraising campaign for the distribution of the food packs, hygiene kits, and Community Kitchens are still ongoing since many of the jeepney drivers are still not allowed to resume their operations. Remember, no amount is too small when it comes to helping our fellow Filipinos in need. For donations or inquiries, you may contact Lou Marion Solomon at +63 917 707 9215.