Chie Filomeno urges public to aid displaced jeepney drivers

Chie Filomeno posted about her encounter with displaced jeepney drivers, urging her followers to help them in their time of need!

PHOTOS: @chiefilomeno on Instagram

Chie Filomeno posted about her encounter with displaced jeepney drivers, urging her followers to help them in their time of need!

Last Wednesday, April 14, Chie Filomeno urged netizens to help some jeepney drivers who are out of work amidst the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Instagram, the actress-dancer shared her encounter with a group of jeepney drivers asking for financial aid along Katipunan Avenue.

“A couple of days ago we passed by Katipunan ave at may nakita akong cartolina na nakadikit lang sa barrier at may nakasulat na ‘KONTING TULONG LANG PO SA AMING MGA JEEPNEY DRIVERS.’” she recalled. “Tapos nakita ko sila nakaupo sa side gutter, sobrang hinang hina at walang pag-asa, I wanted to give them something pero that time I didn’t have relief goods in the car and I didn’t have money.”

Chie, then, said that she could not help but keep thinking about the jeepney drivers after seeing them in the streets asking for help, revealing that she and her family also knows what it is like to have no food on the table.

“Simula nung nakita ko sila hindi ko na maalis sa isip ko yung lungkot sa mata nila at yung nararamdaman nila, dahil naranasan din ng pamilya ko yun, naranasan namin, different situation pero alam namin yung feeling na wala ka nang makain sa plato mo,” she said.

She, then, said that she returned to Katipunan Avenue to give the jeepney drivers some donations, to which they received with bliss.

“Nung binuksan ko yung window ng car ko nakita ko na sumaya ang kanilang mga mata at hindi sila tumigil sa kaka thank you,” she recounted.

Chie also pointed out that one of the older jeepney drivers did not have a face mask on. Despite not having a face mask to spare, she promised to visit the group again to give them face masks.

“Kung makakadaan po kayo ng Katipunan [Avenue] after U.P Town Center tapat ng Manila Water papuntang Commonwealth, you’ll see a cartolina on your right andoon po sila, any amount of money or relief goods will be a big help,” she urged her followers. “Tulungan na lang po tayo dito. Stay safe and healthy everyone.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by C H I E (@chiefilomeno)

The lockdown, which began last March 2020, has taken a huge toll on workers from the transportation industry, especially jeepney drivers. It has been widely seen in news reports that drivers have resorted to begging for food and money in the streets to give aid to their families.

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