It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the Philippines and Filipino families continue to reel from its effects, most especially those who depended on daily earnings for their livelihood before the Covid-19 restrictions were implemented.

Such is the case of jeepney drivers at the University of the Philippines. (Jeepneys are small buses known for their crowded seating and colorful decorations.) The drivers have resorted to begging to support their families. “Dumating ang punto na nanlilimos na kami (it came to a point when we had to go begging),” said Mang Ernie, president of the UP Balara-Katipunan Jeepney Operators’ & Drivers’ Association (UPBKJODA). Due to the quarantine restrictions, many opted to stay home, and jeepney drivers were left without passengers and their daily source of income.

With great need…

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