By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – The city government has divided into three batches the release of the salaries of public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers enrolled under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, Mayor Sara Duterte said on Tuesday.
The city mayor said there were 2,925 PUJ drivers enrolled under the TUPAD program, and they will be receiving the P396 daily salary in three batches, instead of getting their pay through the regular 15-30 schedule.
The drivers enrolled under TUPAD program were given the job of primarily implementing the social distancing in ferrying passengers in the city, the proper wearing of mask in the PUJ, and as well as the disinfection and sanitation of their vehicles.
The drivers are to receive their salaries on March 25-31, April 1-15, and April 16-30.
Duterte also bared that there were 108 PUJ drivers who did not get themselves enrolled under the TUPAD program, but were privately hired as jeepney drivers by the city government through the City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO).