Gov’t to give COVID-19 cash aid to more than 200,000 waitlisted PUV drivers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to include 217,170 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers in the government’s waitlisted beneficiaries for COVID-19 cash aid.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said that 84,014 waitlisted beneficiaries from the National Capital Region (NCR) were already given cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

PUV drivers in Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and SOCCSKSARGEN have also received cash aid.

DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said this covers drivers of public utility jeepneys, buses, UV express, taxis, motorcycle taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), and tricycles.

Bautista explained that 24,581 PUV drivers who received cash aid from other government programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino are excluded from the list. He added that about P795 million were allocated for 98,132 drivers in NCR in the first tranche.

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