LalaJeep Launches in Quezon City to Support Jobless Jeepney Drivers
Jeepney drivers, along with 7.3 million Filipinos, were found jobless amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help displaced public utility jeepney drivers, the local government of Quezon City partnered with delivery service Lalamove to give them an alternative source of income during the quarantine. From June 15 to August 15, customers have the option to book a LalaJeep through the mobile app for their pick-up and delivery needs within Quezon City.
These jeepneys can transport up to 600-kilogram items, which is a whole lot more than the motorcycle option. Size limit is at 7 x 4 x 3.5 feet (length x width x height). LalaJeep's base fare starts at P200 with additional P25 for every kilometer.
For comparison, Lalamove’s minivans—which can carry items that no more than 300 kilograms (the likes of Mitsubishi Adventure, Toyota Innova, Isuzu Crosswind) or no more than 600 kilograms (the likes of Hyundai Starex, Mitsubishi L200, Foton Blizzard)—are also available for booking. The former has a base fare of P250, while the latter's starts at P350.
"Since our jeepney drivers are directly affected by the continuing community quarantine, this LalaJeep program is a welcome initiative which will provide alternative livelihood for them. We are grateful to Lalamove for piloting this program in Quezon City," Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a press release.
Around 200 jeepney drivers participated in the LalaJeep initiative. The local government facilitated their training sessions.
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