Makati taps jobless drivers for e-school project

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    BY NOEL TALACAY

    JEEPNEY drivers in Makati City who have lost their sources of income because of the existing lockdowns imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be hired by the city government for its Mobile Learning Hub project.

    City Mayor Abby Binay said the jeepney drivers will serve as partners in running the undertaking, which will kick off in October once classes resume via videoconferencing.

    Binay said the drivers will be tapped to transport books and other learning materials, teachers and librarians, and laptops with internet connection.

    “We believe this is a great opportunity for residents whose main livelihood as jeepney drivers has been abruptly cut short due to the pandemic. They, too, like the displaced teachers and tutors we have hired to operate the learning hubs, will have regular income to support their families,” she said.

    Rita Riddle, program director of the Makati education department, said the city government will pay P2,000 as daily rental for each jeepney to be used.

    “Our initial target is 27 drivers hired. The number may still increase because the jeepney federation is proposing to do a rotation among its member-drivers. We are looking at 100 drivers per week eventually,” Riddle said.

    She added 54 teachers will be hired for the implementation of the project.

    The Makati Mobile Learning Hub project is an innovative learning platform focused on ensuring that the youth of Makati will continue learning despite the risks and restrictions imposed by the pandemic.