By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government said on Thursday that it has forged a partnership with delivery service Lalamove in launching its “LalaJeep’’ program which helps the unemployed jeepney drivers earn from an alternative source of income during the quarantine period.
With thousands of displaced jeepney drivers in Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the income from LalaJeep would be a big help to those who will sign up.
“Since our jeepney drivers are directly affected by the continuing community quarantine, this LalaJeep program is a welcome initiative which will provide alternative livelihood for them. We are grateful to Lalamove for piloting this program in Quezon City,” Belmonte said.
Belmonte noted that the program will also provide a more affordable option for business owners who are heavily reliant on the delivery app for the delivery of their products.
Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) Head Mona Yap narrated how LalaJeep will also help businesses in their logistics.
“As many businesses are transitioning to online commerce which demands delivery services, this LalaJeep will be a great support not just for jeepney drivers but also for small businesses,” Yap said.
Dannah Majarocon, the Managing Director of Lalamove Philippines said “This project is aligned with Lalamove’s goal to empower communities and uplift the livelihood of those who are heavily affected by the pandemic.
She stressed “that this will cater to every business owner and day-to-day user’s delivery needs. This project is a testament that with governmental support, we can deliver possibilities faster.”
With the alternative source of income, Belmonte said the Quezon City government and Lalamove hope that the LalaJeep project will help keep jeepney drivers afloat until the time they are allowed by the national government to ply anew their respective routes.