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A transport cooperative from Morong, Rizal, the Morong Rizal Transport Service Cooperative (MRTSC), receives PhP 476,544.00-worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal).

As the new accredited co-partner (ACP) of the Department, MRTSC plans to use this livelihood grant to form a motorcycle or public utility vehicle repair and spare part business for them to have an alternative source of income since the COVID-19 pandemic and the series of big-oil price hikes affect their operations.

Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), ACPs like cooperatives, labor organizations, associations, people’s or workers’ organizations, business associations, church-based organizations, educational institutions or private foundations could request fund allocation from the government to implement livelihood programs or projects for their respective groups. The ACPs should also have at least 20 percent counterpart of the total budgetary requirements of their proposed project.

Founded in 2011, MRTSC is an association of jeepney and “toktok” or tricycle drivers. In 2019, MRTSC tried to convert their association into a cooperative as per the recommendation of the local government unit of Morong. This move is also in line with their attempt to be a beneficiary of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTR), as DOTR calls to phase-out public vehicles that operate for at least 15 years and replace them with “safer and environment-friendly alternatives”.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the transport sector is one of the severely affected sectors. Since 2020, the transport sector struggles to get by as most of them could not operate due to the series of lockdowns and community restrictions. Two years in the pandemic, as the government eases the restriction, the transport sector is faced by another challenge due to the huge price hike of diesel in the market. MRTSC tried to remain stable in these times. Luckily, now that they had expanded their cooperative, members who have utility vans got an opportunity to work with the Pag-IBIG Fund and other local banks as shuttle services.

But all of this alone could not sustain the needs of their cooperative. That is why according to MRTSC Chairman Nelson Alejandro, the cooperative tried to look for other ways to gain profit.

“Lumapit po kami sa DTI (Department of Trade and Industry). Ang una po naming inilapit doon ay baka mabigyan kami ng seminar, palibhasa po noon ay bawal tayong lumabas ang iniisip po namin na kung may mga lupa kami, mataniman po. Bilang sa transport po kami, ang sabi po namin ay baka kami’y matulungan na magkaroon ng iba pang pagkakakitaan,” Alejandro said.

In line with the recommendation of DTI, MRTSC seeks help from DOLE-Rizal to address their problem.


The representatives of the Labor Office- DILP Focal Janine Rivera and Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Victoria Natanauan attended the request of MRTSC.

Alejandro extends his gratitude to DOLE for accommodating their livelihood request.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami na sa kabila po ng pandemya at sa kasalukuyan po nating kinahaharap ngayon na mayroon pong mga ganitong tulong, kagaya po ng DOLE, sa gobyerno, para po sa amin na nasa laylayan ng lipunan. Maraming-maraming salamat po at makakaasa po kayo na ito’y aming pagyayamanin,” Alejandro said.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Director, Marivic B. Martinez on the other hand, reminded the representatives of MRTSC that the Department only wants to see their cooperative to grow.

“Alam po ninyo na grants ito, wala po kayong obligasyon na bayaran o ibalik sa amin [yung pera]. Ang kabayaran lang po na hinihiling namin is tuloy-tuloy [na] mapaunlad ang inyong kooperatiba,” Martinez reiterated.

Martinez, along with Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Victoria Natanauan, awards the cheque to representatives of MRTSC. Livelihood Development Specialist Marecris Agasid also assisted them during the awarding.

MRTSC Chairman Nelson Alejandro General Manager Joyce Alejandro and Board of Director Billy Francisco received the cheque and the necessary documents from the Department. MRTSC is the first ACP to receive a livelihood grant this year.


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