Pantawid Pasada brings livelihood to Malabon during ECQ
MALABON CITY —The City Government of Malabon assured its tricycle and padyak-driver constituents of means of living during the recent imposition of two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), which later on shifted to MECQ. The program was led by Malabon City Councilor Jose Lorenzo “Enzo” Oreta who prioritized Malabonians who lost their means of income during the said period.
Around 1000 tricycle and padyak or pedicab drivers benefitted from the program where they received P2500 each in exchange of providing transport service and mobility to the community which was mainly used in delivering relief goods, bringing ayuda and providing transportation for vaccinees dubbed as “Biyaheng Bakuna.”
“Buhay na buhay ang Bayanihang Malabonian sa gitna ng pandemya dahil sa mga ganitong klaseng programa. Bukod sa pag-iwas na magkahawaan sa virus, ay binibigyan din natin ang ating mga tricycle at padyak drivers ng pagkakataong ipagpatuloy ang ang kanilang pag-asenso dahil suportado ang kanilang kabuhayan, [The spirit of ‘bayanihan’ is very much alive in Malabon through these kinds of program. Apart from avoiding viral transmission, we are also able to give our fellow padyak and tricycle drivers a chance to earn decently and have a source of livelihood to support their families}” emphasizes Councilor Enzo.
Tricycle driver Tomas Aniceto, 38, expressed his gratitude towards the program and expressed how he greatly benefitted from it, “Napakalaking tulong ng programang ito sa aming kabuhayan lalo na bawas talaga ang mga lumalabas ng kanilang mga bahay sa panahon ngayon. Maganda rin sa pakiramdam na makatulong sa aming mga kababayan para hindi sila gaanong ma-expose sa virus. Lahat po kami sa Malabon panalo sa programang ito kaya sobra po ang aming pasasalamat! [The program is really a huge help to us especially now that very few people come out of their houses. We feel great because we are also able to help our fellow Malabonians avoid viral exposure. It’s truly a win-win for us in Malabon and we are indeed, thankful for this program]” he adds.