The city government of Manila is creating more job opportunities and tapped FoodPanda Philippines to help out jobless tricycle drivers.

Manila City Hall signed Monday morning a MOA with FoodPanda, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manila, and Manila Traffic Parkimg Bureau (MTPB) for PandaTODA Manila, a program for tricycle drivers to help them augment their daily living and help to generate income for them while the city is fighting the health crisis brought by COVID-19.

The program is led by PESO Manila Director Fernan Bermejo and MTPB Director Dennis Viaje.

“Under this program, the city government of Manila will initially hire 500 tricycle drivers. More will be hired later on once the program has kicked off,” said Bermejo.

This partnership program will serve as an opportunity for tricycle drivers and lessen the problems on public transportation in the whole city of Manila.

“It gives opportunity to those who are gravely affected since day one, which is the transport group, and for everyone to still enjoy their favorite meal at their doorstep,” said Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso during the launch that was livestreamed via his Official Facebook account.

FoodPanda Philippines Inc., Managing Director Daniel Marogy mentioned that this program wipl help create incom opportunities for the hired tricycle drivers during their own time and there’s a possiblity to make it their part-time of full-time jobs.

“The total earning opportunities are very competitive and it’s also flexible. They can choose how many hours they work per week,” Marogy explained.

Mayor Isko reiterated that this job opportunity could be a part of the “new normal” in the city that might prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents can now avoid going to food places or restaurants and other public places to buy their food.

“We can continue to practice new norms. Lesser human interaction, a better way to fight COVID-19,” Moreno stated.

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