Jeepney drivers might be allowed on the roads of Quezon City earlier than expected, but not as transport for commuters. The city’s local government recently partnered with Lalamove to launch “LalaJeep,” which taps jeepney drivers displaced by the pandemic to deliver goods around Quezon City.
LalaJeep is an initiative that aims to provide an alternative source of income for jeepney drivers until they are allowed to resume operations, while providing a more affordable option for business owners who rely on Lalamove to deliver their products around the area.
“This project is aligned with Lalamove’s goal to empower communities and uplift the livelihood of those who are heavily affected by the pandemic,” said Dannah Majarocon, managing director of Lalamove Philippines. “This will allow our services better to suit every business owner and day-to-day user’s delivery needs.”
According to Quezon City’s LGU, the Task Force on Transportation and Traffic Management will be screening and assisting jeepney drivers in registering. Drivers who are accepted into the program will undergo training sessions on driving and using the Lalamove app.
As of writing, around 200 jeepney drivers have signed up for LalaJeep and have recently finished driver training.
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Writer: ANGELA PATRICIA SUACILLO