Saying that it’s been a rough three months for PUV drivers is an understatement. Due to the lockdown, public mass transportation was suspended and thousands of jeepney drivers found themselves without incomes and with families to provide for. Left to fend for themselves without a livelihood, our manongs have had to beg passing cars for food.
Jeepney drivers in UP Diliman ask for alms from passing motorists as modern jeepneys and UV express have started operations on June 22, 2020 as authorities ease restrictions leaving traditional jeepney drivers behind.
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— Philstar.com (@PhilstarNews) June 22, 2020
The good news is that these jeepney drivers will be able to return to work next week, as per LTFRB’s new directive. But they’ll still need help to get back on their feet. This is where we can come in. Here are some of the donation drives organized by various individuals and organizations. Any amount would greatly help our fellow Filipinos in need.
This post from Quarantine Tribute Tips
On June 23, Facebook user Ayla Conda posted on the Facebook group Quarantine Tribute Tips about locating jeepney drivers who are in need of assistance. One of them is elderly Tatay Alberto who, like thousands of other drivers, needed essentials to feed his family. Conda wasted no time and sought the help of other Quarantine Tributes. In his recent post, he has already raised P40k from donations. The money will be used to buy food and necessities.
To send your help in cash, you can send it through the BDO account number 0044 5066 4801 under the account name Jotham Russel C Campo. You can also send via GCash to Roseil Campo at 0999 336 1563. For in-kind donations, send Conda a message on Facebook.
PISTON Donation Drive
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
The Mitochondria Project
You can send your cash donations via BDO account number 0062 4003 9909, BPI account number 3069 0673 35, PayMaya number 0905 508 2847, GCash number 0915 207 1198 under the name Paula Santos, or PayPal by clicking on this link.
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You can donate through their PayPal account by clicking this link. You can also opt for sending cash via PayMaya and GCash at 0917 8692 603 under the account name Christian Sarabia.
You can donate via BPI Savings account number 008339 4735 53, BDO Savings account number 012220 0134 36, and GCash number 0916 913 1297. The three accounts are under Thalia R. Villela.
For cash donations, you can send your money through BPI account number 3219 1207 36 under account name Neil Vincent Monsalud, BDO account number 00249 0554 804 under account name Alyssa Isabelle Manalo, GCash number 0917 532 0334, and via PayPal through this link. For in-kind donations, you may message Bangon Bayan’s Facebook page for information.
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Do you know other donation drives to help jeepney drivers? Link them in the comments section below!