UV Express group 'ready' for coronavirus protocols, seeks livelihood return


Posted at Jun 22 2020 08:20 AM

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MANILA -- The Coalition of Operator and Drivers of UV Express (CODEX) is "ready" to follow precautions against the novel coronavirus, its leader said Monday as the group sought government permission to return to its livelihood almost a month after pandemic quarantines eased. 

Regulators earlier said that some 15,000 UV Express drivers in Metro Manila could ply the roads by the end of June, said CODEX president Lino Marable. 

"We are ready to implement the health protocols, pero kami'y parang basang sisiw, hindi kami makakabiyahe (we are at a loss, we cannot ply the road)," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

The general community quarantine or GCQ of Metro Manila and other urban centers allows the limited operations of trains, buses, taxis, and ride-share services. 

Before this, public transport was banned during the almost 80-day enhanced community quarantine. Few UV Express drivers received government aid during this period, said Marable. For instance, out of CODEX's 800 members in northern Metro Manila, only 6 got cash aid, he said. 

The government gave cash aid to at least 98,100 ride-hailing and public utility drivers in Metro Manila, according to President Rodrigo Duterte's June 15 report to Congress. The document did not say how many of these drivers are from the UV Express sector. 


TeleRadyo, June 22, 2020