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CIO: PUJ drivers can still apply for Tupad assistance program

Over 400 slots are still available for jeepney drivers who want to apply for the financial aid of the city government.

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) is a program providing temporary employment to PUJ drivers whose livelihood will be affected due to the preventive measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. This may help drivers to cope up with their livelihood while observing social distancing.

The City Information Office (CIO) bared that five routes have already reached their allotted slot limit. These are Buhangin-Dacudao, El Rio, Ma-a, Route 3, Tugbok-Mintal-Calinan, and Ecoland-SM routes.

The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) said 419 slots are still available for some routes in the city.

To avail, drivers may visit TupadforPUJdrivers Duetocovid Facebook account or call PESO at 233-6890 or text 0910 423 0006.

Norman Baloro, Tupad officer-in-charge, said his office is now accepting online submissions through Facebook and Messenger platforms.

“All they have to do is to put details like name, age, date of birth, plate number, route, contact number, beneficiary and relationship to the beneficiary through messenger,” Baloro said.

He also said that applicants must attach photos through their Facebook messenger to make ensure that there is “less contact and less paper.”

The requirements include one 1×1 ID photo; one 2×2 ID photo (for profile); a photocopy of PUV ID issued by the City Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO); and a photocopy of the Accident Insurance Receipt. These will be verified by the CTTMO and the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

PUJ drivers under TUPAD, meanwhile, are tasked to do community works such as disinfecting, sanitizing, and cleaning their assigned areas like terminals, jeepney units, health centers, barangay halls, and parks.

“It is also their responsibility to implement social distancing and wearing of masks,” the CIO also said.

Complaints about PUJ drivers who violate the Tupad work policy can be reported directly to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Department of Transport, and CTTMO.

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