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More than 2,000 PUJ drivers to start work for city gov’t

March 24, 2020 - Tuesday 6:03 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image AFFECTED SECTOR. A jeepney driver gives a thumbs-up along W. Aquino street near the Agdao Public Market in Davao City. Jeepney drivers are one of the most affected sectors in the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY — More than 2,000 Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) drivers will start their first day of work for the city government under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

In an interview with City Hall-owned 87.5FM DCDR, City Traffic and Transportation Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio Abude said a total of 2,483 drivers have already registered for the TUPAD program for the assistance that the city government will give to them after they were affected by the strict measures implemented by the city government because of COVID-19.

Abude said while his office waits for other drivers to register for the TUPAD program, those who were already registered can start on their first day of work today, Wednesday.

A total of 517 slots are still available for drivers to complete the 3,000 slots allocated by the city government for the TUPAD program.

“The drivers can still register for the vacant slots but now we are going online to observe social distancing,” Abude said.

Drivers can go to Facebook messenger and join the Tupad Program for PUJ (Public Utility Jeepneys) Drivers group chat for the processing of their applications.

The drivers can also form a group and appoint a representative who will process their papers on their behalf.

Abude said once the drivers start working under the TUPAD program, they have certain responsibilities they should observe.

“The drivers need to observe social distancing in their jeepneys. They should also disinfect their jeepneys everyday and even help the community in disinfecting,” he said.

Each driver under the TUPAD program will receive P11,880 as their one month salary.

Those who will be caught violating their responsibilities will be disqualified from the program, Abude said.