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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 03:15

Caritas Manila initiates cooperative program for jeepney drivers

Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, Bishop of Kalookan and acting president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), commended Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila for its initiative to create a cooperative intended for jeepney drivers.

Photo Credit: Caritas Manila Facebook Page

Bishop Ambo pointed out how livelihood is so vital and challenges pertaining to it must be addressed immediately to support the transports sector who are among the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Itong pangkabuhayan dapat iprioritize talaga natin; ang ganda ng kanyang panukalang kooperatiba para sa mga jeepney drivers palagay ko malayong malayo ang mararating nun,” said the Bishop during an interview with Radio Veritas.

Meanwhile, Caritas Manila assisted 300 jeepney drivers in Caloocan, Navotas, and Malabon last September 11, 2020, as an aid to show care  continuation to care to the transportation sector who lost their income.

Bishop David also expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the initiative of Caritas Manila to also help the children of the jeepney drivers to study through its Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program or YSLEP. Although donations are badly needed, educations still must be given more importance for a long term and sustained support to the families of the drivers.

Bishop David also encouraged the the recipient of the aid to strengthen their faith and not to forget to often pray for the end to the pandemic that all may revert to what is normal.

“Huwag kayong mag atubili na lumapit sa Simbahan, nandito kami para sa inyo. Magdasal tayo na itong krisis na ito ay matapos na. Gusto kong maramdaman ninyo [jeepney drivers] na hindi kayo nag iisa, kasama ninyo ang Simbahan, kasama ninyo ang Panginoon at kasama natin ang isa’t isa,” the bishop added.

Caritas Manila is targeting to assist 10,000 jeepney drivers in Metro Manila. (Fatima Llanza)