Tigil-Pasada Jeepney Drivers Found Income thru Making Customized Computer Tables

Jeepney drivers have yet to return to the streets of Metro Manila. This is because of the ongoing ban on public utility vehicles (PUVs) brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those affected is driver Federico Quitlong, who has not been able to send a single peso back to his family in Bataan since the quarantine started.

Rico Unop who understands their struggles decided to gather the jeepney drivers in Sisa Street, Sampaloc, Manila to start an online business. Rico, who is Federico's neighbor, is a seafarer who also lost his job because of the pandemic. Together with Federico and seven other jeepney drivers, Rico is now making computer tables that they initially intended to sell to homeschooling kids.

"Naisipan ko lang kasi ngayong pandemic na Paano Kung magkaroon na lang ng online schooling," he said in the interview. The tables, he said, would be marketable since it was badly needed by the students who will start online classes this upcoming August. He continued, "Nagsimula lang kami sa isang table, then iyong naiipon namin, binili namin ng gamit."

They began receiving more orders when Rico posted about their business on several Facebook groups. "Ito lang po iyong way na makaahon sa oras ng pandemic, para kami ay may pagkakitaan sa malinis na paraan. Hindi kami nanlilimos o nanghihingi sa mga tao," he concluded.

One table costs PHP3,700 and comes with a customized design. It measures 60 centimeters in width, 120 centimeters in length, and 80 centimeters in height.

To place an order, send a message on Rico Unop's Facebook page here.

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.