The Quezon City government and the mobile-app Lalamove have partnered to launch LalaJeep, the latest addition to the latter’s fleet, to cater to the delivery needs of city residents and help jeepney drivers who have been displaced by the lockdown.
With thousands of jeepney drivers in the city, Mayor Joy Belmonte said, the income from LalaJeep would be a big help to those who would sign up.
“Since our jeepney drivers are directly affected by the continuing community quarantine, this LalaJeep program is a welcome initiative that will provide an alternative livelihood for them. We are grateful to Lalamove for piloting this program in Quezon City,” she said.
The program would also provide a more affordable option for business owners who are heavily reliant on the delivery app to deliver their products.
The Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office, led by Mona Yap, said LalaJeep would also help businesses in their logistics.
“As many businesses are transitioning to online which demands delivery services, this LalaJeep will be a great support not just for jeepney drivers but also for small businesses,” Yap said.
“This project is aligned with Lalamove’s goal to empower communities and uplift the livelihood of those who are heavily affected by the pandemic. This will allow our services better to suit every business owner and day-to-day user’s delivery needs. This project is a testament that with governmental support, we can deliver possibilities faster,” said Dannah Majarocon, managing director of Lalamove Philippines.
The Task Force on Transportation and Traffic Management will screen and assist in the registration of the jeepney drivers.
The SBCDPO, meanwhile, will facilitate group training sessions for their jeepney driver constituents to enable them to understand and navigate the delivery app.