By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza
Some 4,000 families of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR) were given P8,000 emergency subsidy on April 6, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Wednesday, April 8.
The DSWD attributed the “speedy” distribution of the cash assistance to the families of TNVS drivers to the agency’s signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation, Franchising, and Regulatory Board (DOTr-LTFRB), and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) last week.
“The 4,000 families with TNVS drivers are the first batch among the target beneficiaries to receive their assistance,” the DSWD said in a statement.
It said the beneficiaries received their April cash assistance from the nearest LBP in their areas of residence.
The MOA was signed on April 3, Friday for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to public utility vehicles (PUVs) drivers nationwide affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amid COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The DSWD explained that the MOA provides that drivers of public utility jeepneys and buses (PUJs/PUBs), point to point buses (P2P), transport network vehicle service (TNVS), UV Express, taxis, school transport, tourist transport, and motorcycle taxis are “eligible” to receive the cash subsidy under SAP.
It noted that eligible recipients are entitled to P5,000 to P8,000, based on regional minimum wage rate.
“DSWD, DOTr-LTFRB, and LBP are working together to also facilitate the immediate release of the cash aid of the other beneficiaries stated in the MOA. Drivers may check the website of the DOTr-LTFRB if they are included in the list,” the Department said.
The DSWD also assured the target beneficiaries identified by the DOTr-LTFRB based on their database that they will be given cash assistance through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program.
“The list provided by DOTr-LTFRB shall be cross-matched with the database of DSWD such as the Listahanan and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to avoid duplication,” it said.
“On the other hand, LBP shall provide the services for the disbursement of the SAP cash assistance to the identified beneficiaries of the partner agencies,” it added.
While adhering to health and safety protocols, the DSWD vowed to continuously deliver the social amelioration assistance to low-income families or those on subsistence economy or workers in the informal economy, and with members belonging to the vulnerable sector.