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25 pedicab drivers receive P495-T DOLE-funded tri-wheelers

 

ARAYAT, PAMPANGA – Some 25 pedicab drivers from Arayat town were recent recipients of a P495,000.00 livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
 
The provision of livelihood was initiated by the local government of Arayat, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and the DOLE Pampanga Field Office.
 
DOLE-3 Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the livelihood provision, in form of pedicabs, were distributed to each beneficiary.
 
“Pedicabs or locally known as “tri-wheelers,” which serve as alternative means of transportation of Kapampangans for their short commutes, have been a source of livelihood for quite a number marginalized residents here since the early 80’s up till this very day,” RD Campita explained, adding:
 
“We are privileged to turn over these ‘DOLE Padyak Project’ pedicabs to our hard-working pedicab drivers with hopes of transforming them into sustainable sources of income for their families.”
 
The livelihood provision, intended to uplift the town’s marginalized residents, was sourced from the labor agency’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program otherwise known as “DILEEP.”
 
The local government for its part, provided a counterpart assistance of P125,000.00 used for initial payments of beneficiaries’ social protection benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG.
 
The counterpart assistance was also used for the provision of beneficiaries’ long sleeves for work and Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) to ensure the proper management of their pedicabs.
 
RD Campita said that pedicab drivers are projected to earn at least P300 – P500 a day and that their newly-assembled pedicabs are easy to maintain for everyday use.  
 
“Pedicab drivers usually charge their passengers ranging from P10 – P20 per trip depending on the distance they need to pedal and at the end of the day would earn a decent amount at par with the region’s prevailing daily minimum wage,” RD Campita explained, adding:
 
“These human-powered vehicles only need periodic check-ups and occasional replacement of brakes, chains, tires, and other usual wear and tear parts, thus, very minimal maintenance costs on their part.”
 
The DOLE Padyak Project pedicabs were given just in time for the upcoming school year and will be beneficial says Victor Tuano on behalf of his co-beneficiaries.
 
“Kami po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa DOLE at sa lokal na pamahalaan sa ipinagkaloob ninyong mga pedicab dahil maraming gastusin na naman ang aming haharapin sa pagbubukas ng klase. Tamang tama ang paghandog ninyo ng
mga “tri-wheeler” na ito para ipadyak namin upang magkaroon ng pantustos sa pangangailangan ng aming mga anak sa eskwelahan at sa pang araw-araw naring gastusin,” Tuano said.
 
Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino, DOLE Pampanga Field Office head Arlene Tolentino, PESO Manager Arlyn Sebastian, and Labor and Employment Officers Arlene Castillo and Jason Gopez led the turnover of pedicabs.
 
The DILEEP is a livelihood flagship program of the labor agency which provides livelihood opportunities for those no longer qualified for formal work or those engaging into small businesses.
 
END/Jerry Borja/Catherine Mago/Jason Gopez
Approved for release:
 
 
MARIA ZENAIDA A. ANGARA-CAMPITA
Regional Director
 
 
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2018-06-19
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