Informal workers in Valenzuela City whose sources of income were affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been given an opportunity to get a more stable livelihood through the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
A total of 44 beneficiaries, particularly street vendors and parents of workers under legal age, will now work as delivery riders of micro and small businesses in the city after receiving free bicycles and mobile phones on Tuesday.
This move is part of DOLE’s Free Bisikleta (Bicycle) or FreeBis project.
“Ang binigay po sa akin ng DOLE na bisikleta, makakatulong sa akin sa pagtitinda at pagde-deliver ng balut (The bicycle given by DOLE will help me in selling and delivering balut),” said Bernardo Capellan, a beneficiary from Barangay Ugong who lost his job as a construction worker due to the pandemic.
According to the local government, beneficiaries also received free helmets, raincoats, vests, water bottles, and thermal bags.
They also got an Android mobile phone that came with P5,000 load credit, which they could use for various purposes, including load business.
Valenzuela City Public Service and Employment Office manager Josephine Osea said that the FreeBis project will not only help displaced workers tide over the crisis, but also the small entrepreneurs through allowing them to reach wider market and customers “because they now have additional riders.”