A total of 425 pedicab drivers and operators in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte will receive on December 8 insurance cards from the Philippine Red Cross with PHP35, 000 to PHP50, 000 benefits.
In a statement Thursday, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said qualified beneficiaries are those hurt in accidents and those victimized by unprovoked murder or assault.
“I am happy because finally, we were able to provide our pedicab drivers and operators an insurance package which will protect our transportation sector and at the same time provide them security as they ply the roads in our municipality,” he said.
Evangelista said that it is the first time a personal insurance package program was given to the transport sector in the town.
He said his administration had selected an insurance package with tailored features and benefits to meet the drivers’ needs and provide their families peace of mind if unfortunate events happen.
The insurance covers drivers and operators involved in vehicular accidents, unprovoked murders, or assaults. They are also entitled to receive PHP5, 000 accidental and burial assistance and PHP150 per day hospital allowance for a 60-day period.
On top of these, the insurance program selected for the pedicab drivers also covers hospital benefits for COVID-19 cases.
According to Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) – OIC Leilani Mae Rafol, the distribution on December 8 at the municipal covered court includes blood-letting activity and training on First Aid and Disaster Response aimed at equipping the beneficiaries on how to respond to road accidents.
“The beneficiaries will also be enrolled as blood donors for them to help those who need blood and if the time comes they also need it, we can easily access it for them,” she said.
Rafol said the insurance coverage of pedicab drivers and operators will expire in November 2022.
Meanwhile, Municipal Administrator lawyer Elisa Evangelista said the insurance program for the transport sector aims to help ease the emotional distress and financial burden of the pedicab drivers and operators during the current state of a public health emergency.
“We are stepping up any efforts to support our Tomasino pedicab drivers and their families as possible and provide them peace of mind during times of health emergency and financial uncertainty,” she added. (NW)