Autokid Trucks and Mega Global initiate donation drive for jeepney drivers
As the pandemic continues to take a toll on several industries, public transportation workers, specifically jeepney drivers, remain to be among the most vulnerable. Since the beginning of the community quarantine last March, many of them have been left without options to earn a living and some even claim to have not received any aid from the authorities.
To help displaced jeepney drivers, Autokid Trucks has initiated a charity drive to provide them with basic necessities. Called the Mega Care Caravan, the company teamed up with the leading canned food manufacturer and distributor Mega Global Corporation to set up a comprehensive donation program that could reach almost 7,000 jeepney drivers.
Part of the donation packages that will be distributed to the beneficiaries are essential goods such as water, rice, and Mega Global products, as well as packed lunches and other freebies.
“We chose to team up with Mega Global because we have seen the initiatives they’ve done for the community since the pandemic began. Our goal is to help our jeepney drivers bounce back from their current situation. In order to do so, they need proper nutrition to perform at their best,” explains Autokid CEO Kevin McHale Yao. Both companies have allocated a P2.5 million budget for this donation drive, which commenced this September.
Aside from the donation caravan, Autokid is also working on other efforts to help PUV cooperatives navigate through the PUV modernization program being implemented by the national government. By way of educating PUV cooperatives and their members on different aspects of the modernization program, Autokid is allowing the use of their facilities to hold trainings and seminars to support them during this transition period.
Autokid is continuously coming up with ideas to help improve the transportation industry in the country. At the same time, the company is not one to back down from helping the community during these challenging times. “We wanted to use this time to give back to the community. It has been difficult, but we know that we can get through this obstacle if we all try our best to help one another,” says Yao.
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