Talisay City, Negros Occidental
In many parts of the country, the traysikad (pedicab) is one of the most reliable modes of transport, helping passengers navigate short distances and narrow streets. At the height of the COVID-19 quarantine regulations, many traysikad drivers had to significantly limit, if not halt their operations.
Recognizing the importance of providing traysikad drivers supplementary sources of income to help them weather challenging times, Ayala Foundation recently launched the Tuloy ang Biyahe 2.0 project in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
Working with 20 traysikad drivers, Tuloy ang Biyahe 2.0 is the next phase of a project first introduced in Cebu City in 2020. The project provides beneficiaries with capital which they can use to purchase meat, fresh vegetables, and other commodities to be resold in their communities. Using their vehicles, the drivers bring the essential goods closer to families in the area.
This livelihood initiative is held in partnership with the the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMPC) and the WeAreAyala Business Club of Negros Occidental, and is supported by the local government of Talisay City.
Tuloy ang Biyahe’s initial run in Cebu City worked with 20 jeepney drivers who had to halt their trips in compliance with community quarantine guidelines. The project provided the drivers capital so they can use their jeepneys as rolling stores, selling food items to members of their communities while they couldn’t yet resume their operations. Through the initiative, the participants earned a combined total of PhP2.3 million for the entire duration of the project in the city, serving as many as 106,000 people in their immediate communities.
“Sinubukan ito sa Cebu sa kasagsagan ng pandemya. Fortunately, we were able to assist some of the selected jeepney drivers,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan.
The local government in Talisay City underscored the importance of collaboration in solving community problems in the face of challenges brought about by COVID-19. “Full economic recovery is an overwhelming responsibility for local government units,” said Talisay City Assistant City Administrator Ismael Penado. “Today’s initiative is a testament of our steadfast partnership as we pursue our collective vision through social development engagements.”
Meanwhile, the project’s partners reiterated their commitment to helping those in need.“Rest assured that the Ayala Coop, the Ayala Foundation, the WeAreAyala BusinessClub of Negros Occidental, and indeed the rest of the Ayala group of companies will support this journey towards economic recovery,” said AMPC Chairman JP Orbeta.
After Cebu and Negros Occidental, Tuloy ang Biyahe 2.0 is set to roll out in Iloilo.
About Ayala Foundation
As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.