Manila City tricycle drivers whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be back to work thanks to a new partnership between the local government and Foodpanda delivery service.
The PandaTODA project was announced earlier today by the Manila City government, and it will see local tricycle drivers serve as delivery riders for the popular food delivery service. Tricycle drivers under the program can choose their own hours and may decide for themselves whether they want to treat the service as a part-time or full-time job.
“The total earning opportunities are very competitive and it's also flexible. They can choose how many hours they work per week,” explained Foodpanda Philippines managing director Daniel Marogy.
“It gives an 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,” Manila City mayor Isko Moreno said in a statement.
“We can continue to practice new norms. Lesser human interaction, a better way to fight COVID-19," he added, explaining that the PandaTODA project may be part of the city’s new normal as it allows residents to buy food without the need to leave their homes.
According to Manila Public Employment Service Office (PESO) director Fernan Bermejo, the initiative will initially hire 500 tricycle drivers to start, with more to be added once the program has kicked off. Is this an initiative you’d like to see implemented in other cities as well?