Back to MECQ: Jeepney Drivers Go Back to Begging

As Metro Manila and neighboring provinces returned to a modified enhanced community quarantine, jeepney driver Ferdie Caligayan returned to scavenging and begging for alms to provide for his family.

More difficult than trying to make ends meet, however, was explaining to his children that they might not be going back to school in the upcoming academic year. 

Caligayan and his family no longer know what the future might bring after public transportation was again shut down for the two-week MECQ.

Driver Michael Navarra likewise returned to the streets on foot instead of aboard his jeepney. His Tandang Sora-Quezon City Hall route was among those approved by the government to resume operations in July after quarantine restrictions were relaxed, but business was slow even then.

The Department of Transportation vowed aid for jeepney drivers who once again lost their sources of income due to the MECQ.

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